'Let's be clear, I resigned.' John Bolton contradicts Donald Trump on whether he was fired

Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – John Bolton contradicted Donald Trump minutes after the president announced he fired Bolton as national security adviser.

"I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, 'Let's talk about it tomorrow,'" Bolton wrote in a tweet.

Less than 15 minutes before Bolton's tweet, Trump wrote in his own series of tweets that he had requested Bolton's resignation on Monday night.

Trump claimed that Bolton's resignation was given Tuesday morning.

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"I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House," Trump wrote. "I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration."

Bolton also texted several reporters that he did not been fired, as the president had said.

Brian Kilmeade, a host on Fox & Friends, said live on the program that he had just gotten a text message from the ousted national security adviser.

"John Bolton just texted me, just now, he's watching. He said, 'let's be clear, I resigned,'" Kilmeade said.