President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert — once a presidential favourite — on Tuesday left the West Wing in the latest departure from the United States’ White House of a senior adviser.
“The president is grateful for Tom’s commitment to the safety and security of our great country,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said of the top aide’s departure.
“Tom led the White House’s efforts to protect the homeland from terrorist threats, strengthen our cyber defenses, and respond to an unprecedented series of natural disasters,” Sanders said.
An administration official said Bossert, a former deputy national security adviser to President George W. Bush, had left at the request of Trump’s new national security adviser, John Bolton, who began working in his post at the White House on Monday. Bossert had been Trump’s pointman on issues from counterterror to national disasters to cyberattacks.
The announcement of his resignation came a day after John Bolton took over as Trump’s fourth national security advisor.