Trump replaces McMaster as NSA with Bolton

3/23/2018

Washington, US National security adviser HR McMaster has resigned and will be replaced by former US ambassador and Fox News analyst John Bolton, President Donald Trump has announced in a tweet. "I pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Adviser. I am very thankful for the service of General HR McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/19." "The two have been discussing this for some time. The timeline was expedited as they both felt it was important to have the new team in place, instead of constant speculation," a White House official said. "This was not related to any one moment or incident, rather it was the result of ongoing conversations between the two." "After 34 years of service to our nation, I am requesting retirement from the US Army effective this summer after which I will leave public service. Throughout my career it has been my greatest privilege to serve alongside extraordinary servicemembers and dedicated civilians," McMaster said in a statement released by the White House. "I am thankful to President Donald J Trump for the opportunity to serve him and our nation as national security adviser. I am grateful for the friendship and support of the members of the National Security Council who worked together to provide the President with the best options to protect and advance our national interests," the statement said. Trump and Bolton have been discussing for weeks how he could replace McMaster. According to a source familiar with those negotiations, Bolton promised Trump "he wouldn't start any wars" if he was selected. Shortly after the news broke, Bolton said on Fox News that he wasn't expecting an announcement to be made Thursday afternoon. Bolton's hard edged, hawkish views on issues like North Korea, Iraq and Syria make him a controversial pick to become the next national security adviser -- particularly considering that talks with North Korea may soon be possible.

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