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Trump Names Former Ambassador John Bolton As His New National Security Adviser

Trump Names Former Ambassador John Bolton As His New National Security Adviser by Greg Jaffe – Washington Post

President Trump said Thursday that he was naming former ambassador John Bolton, a Fox News commentator and conservative firebrand, as his new national security adviser, replacing Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.

The president announced the news in a tweet: “I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9.

McMaster came to the Trump administration with an highly accomplished combat record in Iraq and a reputation as one of the Army’s best thinkers on the subject of battling insurgents and the future of war.

His 1997 book, “Dereliction of Duty,” was harshly critical of the military’s top brass for passively backing a strategy in Vietnam, advanced by the White House, that they knew would not lead to victory. As national security adviser, however, McMaster never forged the kind of bond that would allow him to speak honestly to the president.

In Bolton Trump has chosen a frequently combative personality who fits more with his style, but it’s not clear how the White House staff will react to their new boss...

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