For some time, the current former national security adviser, who first caught Trump's eye with persistent Fox News talk, has been helpful to the president – sharing his desire to shake the globe.
But like everyone else in Trump's dysfunctional foreign policy team, Bolton wore his greetings, getting in the way of his boss's aspirational instincts and seeking his share of the spotlight.
Only in Trump's bizarre orbit could a national security adviser leave an ideologue and an aggressive hawk be viewed in some way as removing a stabilizing force. But he had an idea of American interests and the use of US power, which, though the hard line was predictable and logical and positioned within the historical boundaries of American diplomacy.
With him gone, Trump may have more leeway to indulge in his stronger instincts, which rarely coincide with big conversations with action. And US diplomacy is likely to reflect its core author even closer. He will be more impulsive, less strategic, and more focused on creating iconic moments, such as the North Korean president's walk with Kim Jong Un.
Democratic reporter John Garamendi welcomed Bolton's departure because of his "radical" instincts, but warned of instability in Heide.
"This president has his own mind. We often wonder what exactly is in that mind … chaos rules the day," Garamendi, a member of the Chamber's Committee on Armed Services, told CNN's Brooke Baldwin. [1
Trump badly needs a foreign policy victory
Like everything in Trump's foreign policy has a political explanation for the latest storm that shook the White House.
Trump's first term, although he was able to injure US allies and lead to a global meltdown, was largely devoid of the great victories promised by the great deal in 2016.
North Korea, despite Trump's embrace, does not denuclearize. Iran is nearing the construction of a nuclear bomb after Trump withdraws from an international nuclear deal. China is growing fast and Russia is resurrecting after meddling in US elections.
This is a problem as Trump considers shortages and continues to look for momentous achievements – and longs for idleness, like the Nobel Peace Prize – before the 2020 elections.
Trump's team, given their lack of leverage or experience, may struggle to achieve major foreign policy breakthroughs. But tempting summits will do just as well for the White House, which interrupts even Trump's routine meetings with foreign leaders in campaign-highlighting roles designed to make him a statesman.
"This probably signals that Trump is desperate to execute a string of deals, albeit cosmetic ones, before the 2020 elections for Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea, and sees Bolton as an obstacle," said Colin Kal, a former administration aide.
While Bolton, who even his many enemies will admit to being a principled man and master of the Washington game, knows how to blow things up – like the Iran nuclear deal – diplomatic diplomacy is increasingly hindered
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Bolton was also a failure of Trump when it came to Russia. While the president spent the recent G7 summit making Russian President Vladimir Putin's case back in the club, Bolton never let go of his gloomy suspicions of the Cold War.
Trump also appears to accuse Bolton, a non-reconstructed hawk, of bringing him to the brink of war with Iran after dropping an American drone over the Gulf of Oman.
With him, Trump will have no greater freedom to pursue his stated hopes of organizing what would be a stunning meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly later this month.
Bolton is unlikely to go easy, given his sense of public relations and a long list of media contacts. It seems unlikely to imitate Trump's obedient but pregnant silence from former Secretary of Defense James Matisse as he promotes his book.
As Bolton looks back on his 19 months in the White House, he may claim several victories for his solid foreign policy school. The Trump administration has forbidden a prosecutor from the International Criminal Court from visiting the United States. The United States also withdrew from the UNHRC. And under his watch, the US withdrew from the nuclear deal in Iran.
And a former national security adviser may have succeeded in one of his latest actions to kill a Taliban deal that critics see as a fig leaf of US capitulation.
But Bolton's strong support for what looks very much like an attempted coup in Venezuela by opposition leader Juan Guido did not work and made the Trump administration look insane.
Ultimately, leaving Bolton is revealing to all the insights he offers in life at Trump's White House.
His timing on the eve of the anniversary of 9/11 was also appropriate. Bolton was right about the last remnant of a neoconservative foreign policy establishment that seized power after the worst terrorist attack in the world.
Much of Trump's dislike for foreign entanglements – such as the invasion of Iraq and the longest war in America he is trying to end – stems from policies introduced by Bolton and his colleagues.
The current president does not seem to have an organized doctrine – other than his mantra "America First", which is largely a staple of the rhetoric of his election campaign, rooted in the belief that the rest of the world is constantly ripping off America.