ABC News' Jessica Yellin and Jonathan Karl Report: UN Ambassador John Bolton will end his service in the Bush administration when his appointment ends at the end of the 109th Congress. Bolton will not be seeking another appointment.
In a statement, the President says he accepts Boltonâ€™s decision â€œwith deep regretâ€? and is â€œdeeply disappointed that a handful of United States Senatorsâ€? prevented Bolton from receiving an up or down vote in the full Senate.
â€œThey chose to obstruct his confirmation, even though he enjoys majority support in the Senate, and even though their tactics will disrupt our diplomatic work at a sensitive and important time," the President said in his statement, "This stubborn obstructionism ill serves our country, and discourages men and women of talent from serving their Nation.â€?
Bolton's resignation is effective this weekend. Alex Wolff -- currently Bolton's deputy -- will serve as acting Ambassador until a successor is named.
The President will meet with Bolton and his wife Gretchen later this afternoon.