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Three top John Bolton aides resign in wake of his tumultuous exit from White House

2019-09-11

The Bolton exodus continues.

Three top aides to John Bolton resigned Wednesday — the day after the hawkish national security adviser’s unceremonious exit from the White House.

Garrett Marquis, a longtime Bolton acolyte who served as his top spokesman on the national security council, followed in his mentor’s footsteps and submitted his resignation Wednesday morning.

“It was an honor to serve my country, and I wish the president and the administration success moving forward,” Marquis told the Daily News.

Sarah Tinsely, Bolton’s communications director, and Christine Samuelian, his scheduler, followed suit and also submitted their resignations, according to a source, who said the departures were on good terms.

The source told The News that the trio left because they were too tight with Bolton and his departure made it necessary for them to leave as well.

Bolton quit the White House on Tuesday — and not on good terms.

Trump thumbed out a tweet saying he had fired Bolton while letting him know how “strongly” disliked he was in the White House.

But Bolton pushed back against Trump’s assessment and said in a tweet of his own that the president initially refused his voluntary resignation and that he subsequently stepped down on his own accord.

Bolton was Trump’s third national security adviser in less than three years. The president says he plans to tap Bolton’s replacement next week.