Trump fires another US Gov’t official on Twitter
- Trump took to Twitter to announce the latest staff change, just days after a similar move that saw him replace a US official who recently visited Kenya.
- Bolton's nomination has stunned much of Washington.
- His appointment had been fiercely opposed by many within Trump's inner circle.
US President Donald Trump has fired his national security advisor, General HR McMaster.
Trump took to Twitter to announce the latest staff change, just days after a similar move that saw him replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a US official who recently visited Kenya.
The tweet reads:
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
McMaster had been expected to leave later this year, so his exit was no surprise but Bolton’s nomination has stunned much of Washington.
The move calls the future of a landmark deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program into serious doubt.
A vocal advocate of the Iraq war, he has also championed pre-emptive strikes against North Korea and regime change in Iran — making him an outlier even among Republicans.
His appointment had been fiercely opposed by many within Trump’s inner circle, most notably the coterie of military officers who have experienced the brutality of war first hand.
Bolton — a veteran of the George W. Bush administration — will now have a central role in crafting US foreign policy, refereeing debates between America’s spooks, soldiers and diplomats.
But his most potent role will be framing the security decisions that make it to Trump’s desk.
His ideological approach to American power matches neatly with Trump’s tough-talking rhetoric, although the two have not always agreed on overseas wars.
One Republican operative, speaking on condition of anonymity, admitted to some concerns about the appointment.
“Some folks think he’s a little too hawkish,” the source said.
“But people who have worked with him think he’s a pro and will step into the job knowing the key players, processes and issues.”
On his part, Bolton tried to ease fears he would steer Trump by the nose and down the path of war.
“I have my views. I’m sure I’ll have a chance to articulate them to the president,” he told Fox News.
“If the government can’t have a free interchange of ideas among the president’s advisers, I think the president is not well-served.”
Unlike the secretaries of state or defense, the national security advisor works directly for the president and does not need to be confirmed by the Senate in order to take up his post.
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