Bolton remains a firm believer in the wisdom of President George W. Bush’s Iraq war, which Trump has routinely cast as a colossal mistake and a waste of money…
(Daily Mail) President Donald Trump will replace National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster with John Bolton on April 9, the White House announced late Thursday.
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018
Bolton, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is a hawkish conservative with a pugnacious streak – and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel.
He is also a fierce opponent of the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal.
At one time a vacillating potential presidential candidate, the plainspoken yet curmudgeonly Bolton will become Trump’s third chief national security aide in his 14-month presidency…
Bolton was on Fox News within an hour of Trump’s tweet, saying ‘I didn’t really expect that announcement this afternoon.’
‘But it’s obviously a great honor, it’s always an honor to serve our country.’
Trump had clashed with McMaster repeatedly in recent months, telling confidants that he considered the general a long-winded bore.
His departure comes barely a week after the president dramatically ousted former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a tweet.
Trump’s national security staff appeared in disarray this week after he placed a congratulatory phone call to Russian President Vladimir Putin – who had won a fourth term in a lopsided election that critics called a corrupt ‘sham…