Trump names hawk Bolton as national security adviser

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A super PAC created by President Trump's new national security adviser John Bolton was one of the earliest USA clients of the now-embattled data company Cambridge Analytica, which targeted voters to help boost Bolton's national security agenda, records show. Bolton, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, advocates regime change in Iran and is opposed to the nuclear deal.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster has agreed to resign, a White House official announced on Thursday.

"What the North Koreans have wanted for a long time is just some assurance that the United States will not attack North Korea as long as North Korea stays at peace with its neighbors", Carter said, according to USA Today. "This was not related to any one moment or incident, rather it was the result of ongoing conversations between the two". There will be an official contact handover on 4/9.

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". "Maybe one of the worst mistakes that President Trump has made since he's been in office is the appointment of John Bolton".

"He helped develop our America First National Security Strategy, revitalise our alliances in the Middle East, smash ISIS, bring North Korea to the table, and strengthen our nation's prosperity". There have always been reports of Trump's displeasure with McMaster, a three-star general, who is best known for his thesis - subsequently turned into a book - that the US military was derelict in its duty by not challenging the civilian leadership during the Vietnam War.

Bolton has been a foreign policy hawk in Republican circles for decades, having served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and George W Bush.

Among the officials Bolton's allies are urging him to fire is Nadia Schadlow, now the deputy national security advisor for strategy.

Rumors of McMaster's departure had been floated for months and consistently denied by the White House.

And so Bolton was forced to bide his time, and for the next 14 months re-auditioned for the administration from his perch at the Fox News Channel.

Malley says the entrance of Bolton to the president's foreign policy team now means the president will be torn between his instincts as a deal-maker and the voice of Bolton, who has staked out his support for military action.

The US Vice President Mike Pence has described Bolton as a "highly respected American patriot".

But when the Washington Post reported this week that Trump had congratulated Putin in a phone call on his fraudulent election win - after receiving written briefing materials from the NSC instructing him not to congratulate Putin - the president reacted furiously and blamed McMaster. "I thank General McMaster and his family for their service and wish them the very best", Trump said. Two sources familiar with the matter said McMaster was going to stay on until early summer.

While the views of the president and his top advisers should be in alignment, the national security adviser has a special role.

Trump's instinctive affinity for Bolton's bellicose style will now be a feature of daily White House decision-making.

McMaster was also retained at the time because of the White House's challenge attracting top talent for jobs in the administration due to Trump's "blacklist" of individuals who have criticized the President, his personality and the Russian Federation investigation, according to a senior Republican source.

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