Bolton Brings Hawkish Perspective To North Korea, Iran Strategy

Bolton once served as President George W Bush's ambassador to the UN

"I'd imagine for President Trump, he is happy to have someone who has always taken a more hawkish view of national security issues, as well as someone with experience on cable television communicating for more hawkish policies", he said, referring to Bolton's frequent appearances on cable news shows in the United States.

In that spirit, a Blue House spokesman assured everyone that "we will be cooperating closely with President Trump, the national security adviser and the secretary of state".

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".

"Yes, John Bolton really is that risky", wrote an alarmed New York Times editorial board.

That has prompted a debate over whether Mr. Bolton should carry out a housecleaning of the security council or leave the existing staff in place.

McMaster was quickly brought in to replace Flynn, who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Bolton has yet to express his view on President Trump's upcoming meeting with North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un. Might he not ruin chances for a successful Moon-Kim summit and then advise Trump not to see Kim at all? Mr. McMaster's exit came a day after news reports emerged that Mr. Trump "congratulated" Russian President Vladimir Putin, ignoring the notes before him in which advisers had written in all capitals, 'DO NOT CONGRATULATE.' President Barack Obama had congratulated Mr. Putin in 2012, when he was last elected.

In a statement, Bolton said he has accepted the appointment, adding that it is a "honour" to become a part of Trump's cabinet. "I didn't really expect an announcement this afternoon, but it's obviously a great honour", he told Fox News after the announcement.

Bolton will officially join the White House on April 9.

Sitting back after Trump chose to go with the recently fired Rex Tillerson, Bolton waited patiently until the President called him into service once again.


Another notable impact of the new White House appointments is that Ambassador Bolton, for all his harsh words and scaremongering about Pakistan, is ironically likely to counsel restraint in the USA policy towards Pakistan.

One of the cold comforts of Donald Trump's presidency is the embarrassing and insanely high churn in his administration.

"President Trump has unattractive options. he doesn't have much time", Bolton said. John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the United Nations. The administration is now poised to see a third national security adviser enter the White House.

Regarding Iran, Bolton has made it clear that nothing less than aggressive military action will stop the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons.

"All signs have been pointing toward a likely decision by President Trump to withdraw from an agreement that was working", Malley said.

Bolton, who served as US ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush for 18 months, has been angering critics in the United States and overseas for years for his advocacy of strong, decisive action against perceived threats, including chemical and biological as well as nuclear warfare.

Bolton called the appointment "an honor" in a late Thursday statement, saying he looks "forward to working with President Trump and his leadership team" to "make our country safer at home and stronger overseas".

The two have never gotten along, and Trump continues to chafe at McMaster's demeanor when he briefs him, feeling that he is gruff and condescending, according to a source who is familiar with his thinking. In response to this suggestion, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is a consistent noninterventionist on foreign policy, wrote an op-ed on the website Rare warning Trump not to consider Bolton for the position.

Bolton, who has informally advised Trump in the past, was a fierce advocate of invading Iraq and allegedly played a role in building the case that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

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