Thursday, 26 April, 2018

Trump Dumps McMaster, Hires Bolton as National Security Advisor

Donald J. Trump on Twitter: McMaster Agrees to Resign; Trump Announces Former UN Ambassador John Bolton Will Be New National Security
June Sullivan | 28 March, 2018, 01:23

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is leaving the White House as President Donald Trump brings in his third national security adviser in 14 months amid signals the president is poised to execute a West Wing purge. His influence in high-level decisionmaking had waned in recent months, as Trump has increasingly relied on the direct counsel of General Kelly and Secretary Mattis.

Like many of President Trump's favorites, Bolton frequently talks up a storm on Fox News.

"I am very thankful for the service of General H R McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend", Trump said. He will take the job on April 9.

Only recently, he threw verbal cold water on President Trump's decision to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in late May, calling it "diplomatic shock and awe" and advising such a meeting be short and to the point. He fiercely advocated for the Iraq War and promoted the false justification for it, has called for bombing Iran and North Korea, damaged the United States' foreign policy reputation, and has aligned himself with anti-Muslim hate groups. Bolton, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, advocates regime change in Iran and is opposed to the nuclear deal.

"I think they're very anxious that they've got a different president here in the White House than Barack Obama", Bolton told host John Catsimatidis.

McMaster was an awkward fit in the Trump White House.

The Bolton appointment comes soon after Trump's firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his subsequent nominations of Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State and Gina Hapsel for the top job at Central Intelligence Agency.

"What the North Koreans have wanted for a long time is just assurance confirmed by the Six Powers Agreement - with China and Russian Federation and Japan and South Korea and so forth - that the United States will not attack North Korea as long as North Korea stays at peace with its neighbors", Carter said.

One might think President Donald Trump had already gone as far he could causing chaos in the White House and in American foreign policy by firing key internal staffers and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The timeline was expedited as they both felt it was important to have the new team in place, instead of constant speculation. Still, bullying and blustering are permitted, if not encouraged, by President Trump - but dissent is less often allowed.

Trump and Bolton see eye to eye on a more hawkish foreign policy, especially when it comes to North Korea and Iran, and are equally averse to multilateral diplomacy, whether that means the United Nations or working with the European Union. This work and those achievements will ensure that America builds on its economic and military advantages.

Trump and Bolton have been discussing for weeks how he could replace McMaster. Mr. Trump, he said, should simply say this: "Tell me you have begun total denuclearization, because we're not going to have protracted negotiations". Throughout my career it has been my greatest privilege to serve alongside extraordinary servicemembers and dedicated civilians, ' McMaster said in a statement.

Bolton has served multiple Republican administrations. Mr. Bolton, in particular, believes the United States can do what it wants without regard to global law, treaties or the political commitments of previous administrations.

Bolton, during his tenure at the United Nations, was a leading voice on the need for the Security Council to take strong and meaningful action against worldwide proliferation and terrorism.

Of course, Bolton is just as opposed to any deal with Pyongyang - and just as willing to use force to try to end the North Korean nuclear program.

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