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

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill Maryland

John Bolton, the famously hawkish former Ambassador to the United Nations, will be President Trump's new national security adviser.

The move, which was sudden but not unexpected, signals a more confrontational approach in American foreign policy at a time when the United States president faces mounting challenges, including from Iran and North Korea, the New York Times commented. It was the sort of simplistic and wrongheaded position he takes on most policies.

Yet historically, even those who espoused the most extreme positions as private citizens have a way of moderating when faced with the awesome task of running the nation.

Congress member Adam Smith is very "alarmed" over President Trump's latest staffing shuffle, replacing Gen. H.R. McMaster with Conservative commentator John Bolton as National Security Advisor.

According to CNN, only four other Republican campaign committees paid Cambridge Analytica more than Bolton's PAC during that time frame: Make America Number 1, a super PAC backed by Robert Mercer, a billionaire who founded Cambridge Analytica in 2014 ($1,476,484); Cruz For President ($5,805,552); and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. I think that's why he was sacked ... But Bolton, who has advocated preemptive strikes, moves into the president's inner circle as the South Korean president prepares to hold a summit with Kim Jong Un at the end of April, with Trump following suit in May.

Still, Bolton's pick sent shockwaves through the diplomatic and military communities, and on social media, fueling speculation that the prospects for global confrontation are increasing.

"I am very thankful for the service of General H R McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend". But with Mr Trump poised to definitively ditch the Iran nuclear deal and vacillating between courting and threatening the nuclear-armed North Korea regime, it is dynamite.

"We are concerned that the policy is coming closer to the rhetoric", he said.

The list of Cambridge Analytica clients and employees with ties to the Trump White House keeps growing.




"The President has made it absolutely clear that he will support a two state solution if the two sides agree to it", the official said.

We are about to see the real Donald Trump, unchained, in the foreign-policy arena - flexing his muscles at the world (minus Vladimir Putin).

One of Mr Bolton's most recent works is an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal titled, "The legal case for striking North Korea first".

As Under Secretary, he repeatedly advocated tough measures against the nuclear weapons programs of both Iran and North Korea, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction generally. "We definitely told them about how we were doing it".

Experts further say that Bolton and Pompeo may limit the scope of Asia policy within the White House in a big way.

"I worked with him, as he was the United States' acting permanent representative to the United Nations back then", Lavrov said.

But while Bolton's pugnaciousness might pair well with Trump's, his views could cause friction with the president's anti-interventionist bent.

For Europeans, Bolton is a throwback to the era of clashes with Washington at the outset of the war in Iraq in 2003.

Megan Stifel, former National Security Council staffer during the Obama administration, responded to Mr Trump's new appointment to the White House by tweeting: "Now I'm concerned". Both Mattis and Kelly angled for McMaster to be replaced. Democrats have expressed concern over the increased vacancies at the agency.

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