US National Security advisor McMaster to leave White House

US National Security advisor McMaster to leave White House

US National Security advisor McMaster to leave White House

President Trump's controversial new National Security Adviser, John Bolton, has big plans for the National Security Council.

Iran has called the appointment of the former UN Ambassador John Bolton to the role of National Security Adviser of the United States "a shame", Iranian media reported on Sunday.

And another source said that Bolton "is going to remove nearly all the political [appointees] McMaster brought in".

A second former White House official offered a blunt assessment of former Obama officials now detailed or appointed to the NSC: "Everyone who was there during Obama years should start packing their shit". Foreign policy hawk John Bolton had been in conversations with Trump for weeks about taking the job, but had no indication he'd receive the offer Thursday until he was invited to the White House.

Freedman, who apparently is helping manage Bolton's transition to the NSC, told the magazine that he was not aware of the call.

President Donald Trump said Thursday he would appoint Bolton to the post as his administration faces a key decision on whether to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Another source close to Bolton said it was premature to be talking about personnel changes. Bolton has made it evident in his previous work that he is strongly and fervently in favor of striking North Korea and toppling the North Korean regime.

But in the first 15 months of his presidency, Trump has been cautious when it comes to actually using military power and putting USA forces in harm's way.

Among the officials Bolton's allies are urging him to fire is Nadia Schadlow, now the deputy national security advisor for strategy.

The U.S. removed MEK from its list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2012. Another official likely to be targeted in a Bolton purge is McMaster's deputy, Ricky Waddell.

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"The good thing about John Bolton, President Trump's new national security adviser, is that he says what he thinks". When Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster replaced retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn in the job previous year, McMaster systematically eliminated officials seen as loyal to his predecessor. Walking in to the White House?

Whether Bolton will sign off on the staff purge his allies and advisors are pushing is less clear, though he has been insistent about ousting so-called Obama holdovers. How do you feel about Bolton being at the wheel?

Bolton, during his tenure at the United Nations, was a leading voice on the need for the Security Council to take strong and meaningful action against worldwide proliferation and terrorism.

"His approach runs counter to Mr. Trump's own stated policy of using sanctions pressure and diplomatic engagement, including a summit with Kim Jong-un, to halt and reverse North Korea's nuclear and missile programs", he said.

In particular, he noted that Bolton opposed further dialogue with North Korea in the early 2000s when he served as undersecretary of state and then ambassador in the George W. Bush administration.

Another question concerns Bolton's traditionally hard-line stance toward Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which is at odds with Trump's.

Bolton and Pompeo also share Trump's intense frustration with the nuclear agreement that the United States and five other world powers reached with Tehran during the Obama administration.

Trump and Bolton have discussed staffing changes since at least last July, when Bolton was offered the job as McMaster's deputy, the position now held by Waddell.

Just last week, it had appeared McMaster's departure was imminent - but White House officials insisted the speculation was false.

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