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Amb. Bolton is seen as a hawk on North Korea, Iran and Russia
To replace the National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin and chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge on President Trump tapping the Fox News contributor and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, H. R. McMaster, as national security adviser.
President Trump announced on Thursday, White House national security adviser H. R. McMaster would be replaced in April by the former U. N. Ambassador John Bolton.
In a tweet, Trump said he was “very grateful” to McMaster for his service, adding that he “has done an excellent job & always will be, my friend.”
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
The President’s announcement comes after months of speculation about the question of whether McMaster would resign or dismissed from his post. Now, Bolton, who has served as a Fox News contributor, will take over the position on 9. April.
“In the course of my career, it was my greatest privilege to serve alongside exceptional service-members and dedicated civilians,” McMaster said in a statement. He went to thank, to serve the President “for the opportunity.”
“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 continue to promote our national interests”, McMaster. “I’m particularly proud of, serves you together with the men and women in the National Security Council staff, who 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 continue to be our President and our nation with distinction.”
McMaster’s fall triggered a series of reactions. Here is what is said:
Vice-President Mike Pence, who tweeted that McMaster remains in the position “w/ our highest respect for his contribution to the Admin & his heroic service on – & off-game.”
I will always be grateful to my friend gen H. R. McMaster, for his service as a @POTUS Nat Sec Adv & congratulate him on a job well done. He goes w/ our highest respect for his contribution to the Admin & his heroic service on – & off-game. Thank you H. R. and God bless you.
— Vice-President Mike Pence (@VP) March 22, 2018
He congratulated Bolton, “a highly respected American patriot,” to the position.
Congratulations to the new National security adviser, John Bolton. @AmbJohnBolton is a highly respected American patriot who brings decades of experience with our national security team. With him as the Nat Sec Adv, @POTUS will continue to keep America strong and safe.
— Vice-President Mike Pence (@VP) March 22, 2018
White house chief of staff John Kelly labeled McMaster “a fine American and an officer” who “served with distinction and honor throughout his career in the U.S. army and as National Security Advisor.”
Kelly continued: “He brought and maintained discipline and energy to our vital interagency process. 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.”
In a tweet, Florida sen. Marco Rubio Bolton called it “an excellent choice, the are doing a great job.”
I know that John Bolton, he is now an excellent choice, who do a great job as National Security Advisor. General McMaster has served, and continues to be our nation well. We should all be grateful to him for his service.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 22, 2018
Current UN Ambassador Nikki Haley thanked add McMaster for his “service and loyalty”, which is inspired in the tweet, “your selfless courage and leadership to us all.”
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. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., tweeted, “it was a privilege to work with McMaster”.
General McMaster has served our nation incredibly well for 34 years, and I thank him for the work he has done in the leadership of the National security Council. It was a privilege to work with him on some of the most pressing problems of our country.
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) March 22, 2018
Arkansas sen. Tom cotton in a statement called McMaster “a warrior and a scholar, one of the best generals of his generation.”
“I agree with all the Arkansas in and thanked him for the decades-long service to our nation, most recently as President of the Trump National Security Advisor,” Cotton continued. “I congratulate Ambassador John Bolton for his appointment as the next National Security Advisor. He is an excellent choice, the General staff of McMaster.”
In a tweet, REP Lee Zeldin, R-NY, Bolton called it “ridiculously knowledgeable” and said he would be a “grave National security Advisor” for Trump.
Amb John Bolton, a consultant for the large National security for @realDonaldTrump. Ridiculously Knowledgable. Leaks of NSC is going to end. Obama’s holdovers will be gone & a team, chemistry & work product to be of high risks. Under a lot of America appreciated, amazing. Extremely talented to get
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) March 22, 2018
But the McMaster replacement of Bolton has been also fulfilled through a number of reviews. Sen Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., to say beat Bolton in a tweet, “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.”
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
Minnesota US rep Betty McCollum not tweeted also agree with the decision, Bolton in the situation, that the former U. N. was Ambassador for “into disrepute, the architect of the Iraq war” and his “appeal puts our national security at risk.”
.@AmbJohnBolton is a discredited architect of the Iraq war, its reckless views could lead us to war with Iran & North Korea. The Bolton appointment puts our national security at risk.https://t. co/vOrLVxhjOJ
— Rep Betty McCollum (@BettyMcCollum04) March 22, 2018
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., thanked McMaster for his service, but said in a statement he was “worried that President Trump has decided to abruptly dismiss” and him “hire his third national security adviser in just 15 months.”
“If Ambassador John Bolton, has extensive foreign policy experience, I am deeply concerned about the prospect of him President Trump and directed by major debates on national security policy, advises,” Coons says.
“Ambassador Bolton explained their positions on today’s big problems, particularly North Korea and Iran’s nuclear programs, are overly aggressive at best, and downright dangerous, in the worst case,” he continued. “I hope that Ambassador will be moderated Bolton, his positions and work closely with our military, diplomatic, intelligence and development professionals before rushing into armed conflict.”
Virginia REP Don Beyer called the move on Twitter “a monumental step backwards.”
For the administration, this is a big step backward.
Trump urgently needs, to be tempered and measured voices around him, Bolton, none of these things. His appointment contributes to grave national security implications, and sends the worst kind of message to our allies. https://t.co/qvL6BioDXL
— REP Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) March 22, 2018
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Kristin Brown contributed to this report.