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Amb. To replace Bolton McMaster as national security adviser
President Trump, thanks to H. R. McMaster, for his service, McMaster retired from the U.S. army, effective this summer; the reaction and the analysis from the ‘Special Report’ All-Stars.
President Trump announced Thursday that the former United Nations Amb. John Bolton is gen H. R. McMaster to replace, as his National security adviser, to be effective, 9. April, the latest in a growing list of White house staff shakeups in the past year.
“I am pleased to announce that effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton my new National Security Advisor. I am very grateful for the service of General H. R. McMaster, who has done an excellent job & it will always remain my friend. It is an official contact of the transfer on 4/9 will be tweeted,” Trump.
The President’s announcement came after months of speculation about the question of whether McMaster would resign or dismissed from his post.
I am pleased to announce that effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton my new National Security Advisor. I am very grateful for the service of General H. R. McMaster, who has done an excellent job & it will always remain my friend. It is an official contact of the transfer on 4/9.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018
Bolton told Fox News’ “The story,” Thursday evening, “I didn’t really expect the announcement this afternoon, but of course it is a great honor. It is always an honor to serve our country, and I think especially in these times internationally, it is a special honor.”
But on Thursday evening, a White house official said that the President and the McMaster “by mutual agreement” that he resign from his post. The two discussed this for some time, said the official, noting that the timeline be accelerated, as both of you feel it was important, with a new team in place, instead of the constant speculation.
A White house official said the decision was one moment or incident, but the outcome of the ongoing talks between the two.
The official told Fox News that the move has been contemplated for some time, and was just about the “worst kept secret” in Washington.
The President took his time to find a replacement for McMaster, because he wanted the “right person.”
While Trump many times spoke to Bolton about the job, the deal was cemented, in an Oval Office meeting between the two Thursday afternoon.
Bolton told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that the process of his hiring“ came to a conclusion this afternoon, but … there is a transition. I look forward to working with H. R. and his team and the other leading members of the president’s team on national security, and I have no doubt, there is a lot of work to do.”
Bolton formerly served as a Fox News contributor, as well as in the in the Republican governments of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, and served as Bush’s lawyer during the 2000 Florida recount.
To win, a strong supporter of the Iraq war and an advocate for aggressive use of American power in foreign policy, Bolton was not able to Senate confirmation after his nomination to the U. N. post, many Democrats and even some Republicans alienated. He resigned after 17 months than Bush’s “recess appointment” that allows him to keep the job temporarily without the Senate confirmation. The position of the White House national security adviser does not require Senate confirmation.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, criticized Bolton’s appointment.
Try “Mr Bolton is a tendency, every geopolitical problem with the American military is first,” a troubling,” Schumer said. “I hope he will temper his instinct to commit, the men and women of our armed forces to conflicts around the globe, when we need it to be on building the middle class at home here.”
John Bolton was part of an effort to deceive the US into the disastrous war in Iraq and supported military action against North Korea and Iran. He was too extreme to be confirmed as UN Ambassador in 2005 and is absolutely the wrong person to be the national security adviser now.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 22, 2018
Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted that Bolton “was too extreme to be confirmed as UN Ambassador in 2005 and is absolutely the wrong person to be national security advisor [sic].”
Thank you to General HR McMaster for their service and the loyal Lieutenant to our country. Your selfless courage and leadership inspired all of us. Most of all, I thank you for your friendship. ??
— Nikki Haley (@Nikki Haley) March 22, 2018
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he was “deeply concerned” that the ends of Bolton, and said that he hoped that Bolton would “moderate its positions and to work closely with our military, diplomatic, intelligence and development professionals in front of the noise in situations of armed conflict.”
In a statement, McMaster said he was “grateful to President Donald J. Trump for the opportunity to serve him and our nation as a national security adviser. I am grateful for the friendship and support of the members of the National security Council, worked together to protect the President with the best opportunities and to promote our national interests.”
McMaster said he was “particularly proud”, served with the National Security Council staff, he said, “already have a strong basis for the protection of the American population, the promotion of American prosperity, the establishment of peace through strength, and the advancing American influence.
“I know that these patriots also said our President and our nation with distinction,” McMaster.
White house chief of staff John Kelly, said McMaster is “a fine American and an officer.”
“He served with distinction and honor throughout his career in the U.S. army and as National Security Advisor,” Kelly said on Thursday. “He brought and maintained discipline and energy to our important inter-Agency processes. He helped in the development of options for the President and ensure that these options were presented, complete and Fair. A real soldier-scholar, and his impact on his country and this government will for the coming years.”
Bolton, who served as the U.S. Permanent representative to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006 and as under Secretary of state for arms control and International security, from 2001 to 2005, takes over for McMaster next month.
“Thank you to General HR McMaster for their service and the loyal Lieutenant to our country. Your selfless courage and leadership inspired all of us. Most of all, I thank you for your friendship”, current U.S. Ambassador to the U. N. Nikki Haley tweeted.
A White house official said Bolton is one of the strongest voices and experts across the entire spectrum of national security and the challenges for the United States
McMaster in the retirement comes only a week after the President’s state Secretary, Rex Tillerson fired on Twitter, and after other high-profile administration departures. Earlier this month, Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn tariffs, the supports Trump resigned amid disagreements over a round of steel and aluminum.
McMaster was introduced, after trump fired color of the first national security Advisor, Michael Flynn, was, after less than a month in office. White house officials said he was ostracized because he didn’t want to say top advisers, including Vice President, Mike Pence, about the full extent of his contacts with Russian officials.
Fox News’ Kristin Brown, Chad Pergram, John Roberts, Samuel Chamberlain, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.