Donald Trump removes NSA McMaster, replaces him with John Bolton

Interview: Trump-Kim Talks to be 'A Very Short Meeting' if Pyongyang Won't Discuss Denuclearization

Interview: Trump-Kim Talks to be 'A Very Short Meeting' if Pyongyang Won't Discuss Denuclearization

According to the source, Trump and Bolton had met earlier on Thursday.

Bolton's appointment as White House national security adviser was not a surprise but it was still felt as a rude shock by many foreign policy professionals and commentators.

(The president is said to have set aside previous plans to recruit the former USA ambassador to the United Nations because he did not like the look of his bushy mustache.) Whether he intends it or not, Mr. Trump is likely reintroducing conflict and chaos into his national security team, which under fired national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson approached competence. Bolton is likely to add a hard-line influence on those talks, as well as deliberations over whether to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Following the nomination last week of the hawkish Mike Pompeo to become secretary of state, Bolton's elevation means that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is the lone survivor among a trifecta of advisers who pushed Trump to hew closer to conventional foreign policy positions.

John Bolton becoming President Trump's national security adviser may bring additional changes to the National Security Council.

What troubles the experts about Bolton is that over his three-decade career in government, he largely supported military answers to foreign policy questions, instead of diplomacy.

In contrast the Palestinians reacted angrily, with Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, slamming Trump's pick."This man has a long history of hostility to Palestinians, dating to when he was at the United Nations, where he was protecting Israeli immunity", Ashrawi told AFP, referring to USA vetoes of UN resolutions targeting Israel.

Bolton had touted "the legal case for striking North Korea first" in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal.

Another notable impact of the new White House appointments is that Ambassador Bolton, for all his harsh words and scaremongering about Pakistan, is ironically likely to counsel restraint in the USA policy towards Pakistan.

The White House has said the president is seeking to put new foreign policy leaders in place ahead of a not-yet-scheduled meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Bolton has advocated a hard line against North Korea since he served as undersecretary of state for arms control and ambassador to the United Nations during the George W. Bush administration.

Boltons political committee, known as the John Bolton Super PAC, first hired Cambridge in August 2014, months after the political data firm was founded and while it was still harvesting the Facebook data. "We definitely told them about how we were doing it".

Trump and Bolton have been discussing for weeks how he could replace McMaster, CNN quoted an informed source as saying.

The decisions the White House confronts on North Korea and Iran require, officials say, complicated judgments based on imperfect information about the status of secret weapons programs, conditions that Bolton's critics say he has seized on in the past to promote his own agenda.

What kind of relationship Trump will form with Bolton is not clear yet. Trump, for example, made a campaign-trail mantra out of his opposition to the Iraq War, an intervention Bolton championed.

Megan Stifel, former National Security Council staffer during the Obama administration, responded to Mr Trump's new appointment to the White House by tweeting: "Now I'm concerned".

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