Recently fired national security advisor John Bolton is spending his first days of forced retirement complaining about how he was thisclose to finally starting a war with Iran-if only President Donald Trump hadn't stopped him.
President Trump and Robert C. O'Brien, just named as national security adviser, board Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport on September 18.
Bolton "wasn´t getting along with people in the administration who I consider very important" and "wasn´t in line with what we were doing", Trump said.
Bolton, who Trump fired earlier this month, made comments at an event hosted by the Gatestone Institute in NY that the attendee characterized to CNN as scathing in their criticism of Trump's approach to Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan. Also, Bolton's confrontational style had alienated him from key members of the administration, chiefly Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.More news: Fed is expected to cut interest rates again by quarter point
Moreover, O'Brien was one of five senior officials Trump was considering for the position of National Security Advisor, including Bolton's former chief of staff Fred Fleitz, a retired Central Intelligence Agency official; Vice President Mike Pence's national security advisor Keith Kellogg, and others. "Nonetheless I maintain Vietnam would had been a loyal contrivance for us to preserve out of".
"Trump, after enduring the Bolton experience, clearly has no use for a strong personality or ideologue in the National Security Adviser position", tweeted Ned Price, the former spokesman for the US National Security Council under former President Barack Obama. Trump wrote on Twitter. O'Brien was confirmed by the Senate. His instincts for an aggressive, interventionist foreign policy were at odds with Trump´s more isolationist stance.
While at the United Nations, he worked with Mr Bolton, who was then the ambassador.
Before being named hostage envoy, O'Brien had been a partner at a California law firm and advised the 2016 presidential campaigns of Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.More news: Trump Names Hostage Envoy O'Brien National Security Adviser
"I think Robert is low-drama, but I would not interpret that as being weak", said Pierre-Richard Prosper, who was ambassador-at-large for war crimes in the George W. Bush administration and who's known O'Brien for more than 25 years.
"As the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, he has doggedly pursued the release of American hostages overseas", Romney added. In particular, Bolton claimed the United States should have attacked Iran in June, after the Islamic Republic was blamed for shooting down a USA drone. O' Brien has a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and co-founded a law firm in Los Angeles focused on litigation and worldwide arbitration issues.
Despite his spicy discuss about American navy might perhaps also, Trump has largely saved the united states out of world conflicts, a dynamic that has reach into focal level this week as his administration builds the case that Iran was straight to blame for a crippling attack on a Saudi oil discipline.
Moments before naming O´Brien as his new advisor, Trump announced he was ordering "substantially" increased sanctions against Iran, which is already buckling under USA economic pressure. "The stakes in this risky time could not be any higher".More news: General Mills recalls Gold Medal flour for E. coli contamination
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