Trump Names Former Ambassador John Bolton As His New National Security Adviser

After resigning from the Bush administration, Bolton joined the conservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He also became a fixture on Fox News, where he would frequently argue for the US military force to resolve crises overseas, and publicly flirted with running for president. In his first year in office, Trump surrounded himself with foreign policy aides whose views spanned a wide spectrum. After all, in the span of a week Trump named Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster and current CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - ousting two aides seen as tempering influences in favor of others who have advocated a hard-line approach to North Korea and fierce opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.

If it wasn't enough for Donald Trump to stun observers by sacking his national security adviser, he then went and appointed John Robert Bolton to the role.

According to a White House official, Trump and McMaster mutually agreed that the latter will resign as the National Security Adviser (NSA).

He campaigned hard for the job, even after Mr. Trump previously rejected him for both that position and secretary of state, in part because the president didn't like his bushy mustache - seriously.

You need people with conflicting opinions to make sure that you are getting a proper judgement from everybody.

"He has won many battles and his bravery and toughness are legendary".

In contrast the Palestinians reacted angrily, with Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, slamming Trump's pick."This man has a long history of hostility to Palestinians, dating to when he was at the United Nations, where he was protecting Israeli immunity", Ashrawi told AFP, referring to U.S. vetoes of UN resolutions targeting Israel. These accounts ultimately sank his confirmation before a Senate committee, but his temperament problems could be an issue for President Trump - especially if Bolton clashes with Secretary of Defense James Mattis, as many expect him to. Bolton has been a vocal opponent of the administration's North Korea strategy, casting it as overly generous at best. Bolton first served during President George W. Bush's administration as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control. As recently as last month, he was arguing that the US had a legal basis to attack North Korea in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

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Constitution because it's too much of a distraction for the nation's chief executive to face civil claims in state court. But she claimed Trump kissed her "very aggressively" and grabbed her breast, and became angry when she rebuffed him.

Bolton supported the claim of Shaked's party colleague Education Minister Naftali Bennett that the idea of a Palestinian state was dead after the election victory of Trump in November 2016.

In March 2015, Bolton wrote an op-ed in the New York Times titled "To stop Iran's bomb, bomb Iran".

Going to war in either of these cases would not only create unnecessary bloodshed, it would be disastrous for the United States and its allies, South Korea and Japan.

In another Wall Street Journal comment last August, Bolton scathingly dismissed any prospect of a deal with North Korea and declared that "some sort of strike is likely unavoidable unless China agrees to regime change in Pyongyang".

"Not only does the entire agreement reflect appeasement, but President Obama's diplomacy produced weak, ambiguous and confusing language in many specific provisions", Bolton wrote about the deal past year.

The US has yet to present the long-awaited Trump peace plan amid deep anger from the Palestinians over Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

  • Megan Austin