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Advisers struggle to obey Trump's Kafkaesque rules

National security adviser John Bolton attends a White House meeting with President Donald Trump in May 2019. Bolton left the administration on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Foto: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

WASHINGTON - In President Donald Trump's renegade orbit, there are unspoken rules he expects his advisers to follow. He tolerates a modicum of dissent, so long as it remains private; expects advisers to fall in line and defend his decisions; and demands absolute fealty at all times.

These rules and more were broken by John Bolton, the national security adviser who left the White House suddenly Tuesday on acrimonious terms...

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