WASHINGTON – the Load on the corridor with the dramatic reconfiguration of its White House, President Donald Trump said that he would make the replacement of national security advisor H. R. McMaster with the former U. N. Ambassador John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk entering a White House faced with important decisions regarding Iran and North Korea.
After weeks of speculation about the McMaster the future, the Trump and the respected three-star general a positive face on the Thursday departure, making no reference to the increasing friction between them. Trump tweeted that McMaster had done “an excellent job, and always will be, my friend.” He said Bolton will take over the 9 April as the third national security adviser, in little more than a year.
National security shakeup comes as the president is increasingly shedding advisers who once lit the Republican establishment, the concern about the foreign policy and political novice in the White House. McMaster is the sixth close adviser or assistant to announce a departure in a torrid six weeks, joining ally, Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who was unceremoniously fired last week.
The White House has said the president is looking for new foreign policy leaders in place before a yet-to-be-scheduled meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un. Bolton is probably adding a hard-line influence of these conversations, as well as the deliberations on the question of whether the pulling of the Iran nuclear deal.
The White House said Thursday that the McMaster’s exit had been under discussion for some time, and stressed that it was not due to an incident, including this week is a beautiful vulnerability about Trump in a recent conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
McMaster had briefed Asset for the Putin call — and his team prepared all-caps instructions to tell Trump not to congratulate the Russian leader on his re-election victory. Trump did it anyway.
An internal investigation into the leak is ongoing, said a White House official who, like others interviewed about the announcement and the White House shakeup — demanded anonymity to discuss internal matters.
In a statement released by the White House, McMaster said that he would be requesting retirement of the AMERICAN Army, effective this summer, adding that then he, “let the public service.”
McMaster had told confidants he would leave the post if at any point he lost his credibility on the international stage, according to three White House officials. The feverish speculation about an impending exit accelerated the decision for him to leave, the officials said, in part because the McMaster believed foreign partners were beginning to doubt his influence.
The chief of staff to John Kelly and Minister of Defense of Jim Mattis had pushed Trump to get rid of the McMaster and had to escalate their campaign in recent weeks. It was published McMaster departure threatened last week, but White House officials insisted the speculation was false.
“Just spoke to @POTUS and Gen. H. R. McMaster, in contrast to the reports that they have a good relationship and there are no changes to the NSC,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted late last Thursday night.
McMaster never developed a personal relationship with Trump, who is bitter in his detailed briefing style, according to a White House official and a person close to the president. His influence on high-level decision-making had slowed in recent months, as Trump has increasingly relied on the direct board of Kelly and Mattis.
But the officials said the president still has real respect for the McMaster. He had under consideration for a fourth star, and the White House officials hoped that it would provide for a graceful exit from the West Wing for the old soldier. No suitable posts had been identified, giving McMaster a long time, an iconoclast among the top-brass with no other choice than to retire.
Bolton, probably the most divisive foreign policy expert ever to serve as U. N. ambassador, is a force in the Republican foreign policy circles for decades. He has served in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, and served as a Bush lawyer during the 2000 Florida tell.
A strong supporter of the war in Iraq, and an advocate for the aggressive use of American power, Bolton was not able to win Senate confirmation after his nomination to the U. N. post alienated many Democrats and even some Republicans. He resigned after serving 17 months as Bush’s “recess appointment,” allowing him to keep the job on a temporary basis, without Senate confirmation.
The role of the national security adviser does not require Senate confirmation.
Bolton met with Trump and Kelly in the beginning of March to discuss North Korea and Iran. He was spotted entering the West Wing earlier Thursday.
The tension between the Trumpet and the McMaster grown, more and more public. In the last month, Trump took issue with the McMaster the characterization of the Russian meddling in the 2016 election after the national security adviser, told the Munich Security Summit that interference was beyond dispute.
“General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 elections were not affected or modified by the Russians, and that the only Conspiracy was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Democrats,” Trump tweeted Nov. 17, referring to frequent GOP accusations of impropriety by Democrats and Hillary Clinton.
Tillerson is also close forecast problems for the McMaster, who had joined the battle around the secretary of state in the quest to alleviate a few of Trump’s most dramatic foreign policy impulses.
McMaster told The New York Times last year that Trump’s unorthodox approach “has moved many of us out of our comfort zone, as I do.”
The military strategist, who joined the administration in February 2017, has struggled to navigate in a tumultuous White House. Last summer, he was the target of an extreme right-wing attack campaign, as conservative groups and a website linked to the former Trump adviser Steve Over targeted him as his insufficient support of Israel and not tough enough on Iran.
McMaster was brought after Trump’s first national security advisor, Michael Flynn, was fired after less than a month in office. White House officials said that he was deposed because he did not tell top advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence, about the full extent of his contacts with the Russian officials.
Associated Press writer Jill Colvin contributed to this report.