WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is the replacement of national security advisor H. R. McMaster with the former U. N. Ambassador John Bolton, the injection of a hawkish foreign policy of the voice in his administration ahead of important decisions on Iran and North Korea.
Trump tweeted Thursday that McMaster has done “an excellent job, and always will be, my friend.” He said Bolton will take over the 9th of April.
Bolton will be Trump’s third national security adviser. Trump has clashed with McMaster, a respected three-star general, and talk that McMaster would soon leave the administration had picked up in the past few weeks.
His departure follows Advantage of the dramatic fall of state Secretary Rex Tillerson last week. It also comes after someone in the White House leaked that Trump was asked in the briefing documents are not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his recent re-election to win. Trump did it anyway.
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.”
The White House said McMaster’s exit had been under discussion for some time, and stressed that it was not due to an incident.
Bolton, probably the most divisive foreign policy expert ever to serve as U. N. ambassador, has served as a hawkish voice in the Republican foreign policy circles for decades. He met with Trump and the White House chief of staff John Kelly in the beginning of March to discuss North Korea and Iran. He was spotted entering the West Wing earlier Thursday.
Bolton 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 in foreign policy, 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 tension between the Trumpet and the McMaster become increasingly important to the 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 Zeke Miller contributed to this report.