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Bolton Named as National Security Advisor

On Thursday evening, President Donald Trump announced that Lt. General H.R. McMaster, his National Security Advisor, will be replaced by former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.

John Bolton

McMaster and Trump have had a strained relationship since the former replaced Lt. General Michael Flynn in February. Regarding their dynamic, POLITICO wrote:

McMaster’s exit brings an end to his uneven tenure as leader of the NSC, marked by internal clashes with the president and other top administration officials and months of swirling speculation about his looming departure.

On the other hand, Trump has a strong relationship with John Bolton, who served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under former President George W. Bush. In a report, Axios described the "personal chemistry" between Bolton and Trump.

Bolton is a neoconservative hawk who advocates for a tougher line against Iran and preliminary strikes on North Korea. He was considered for the coveted secretary of State spot before the nomination of Rex Tillerson.

The installment of Bolton caps off a wild news week in which the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, the Dow Jones average plunged due to tariffs, John Dowd resigned from the Trump legal team, and congressional Republicans advanced an unpopular omnibus spending bill.

On April 9th, McMaster will join Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former economic advisor Gary Cohn at the Trump administration exits. McMaster plans to fully retire from the U.S. Army shortly thereafter.

In his tweet, Trump wrote:

A full White House statement read:

H.R. McMaster has served his country with distinction for more than 30 years. He has won many battles and his bravery and toughness are legendary. General McMaster’s leadership of the National Security Council staff has helped my administration accomplish great things to bolster America’s national security. He helped develop our America First National Security Strategy, revitalize our alliances in the Middle East, smash ISIS, bring North Korea to the table, and strengthen our nation’s prosperity. This work and those achievements will ensure that America builds on its economic and military advantages. I thank General McMaster and his family for their service and wish them the very best.

Breitbart News, which assailed McMaster over the course of his tenure, celebrated his ouster. Their Thursday evening headline gleefully read, "Shake-Up: Another Globalist Out of White House."