Iran: Naming John Bolton national security adviser "a shame"

Iran: Naming John Bolton national security adviser

John Bolton knows he's being portrayed as a warmonger as he becomes national security adviser, but he's trying to build internal credibility with a more studied, lower-decibel approach, according to people familiar with his thinking. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9.

"The two have been discussing this for some time". 'This was not related to any one moment or incident, rather it was the result of ongoing conversations between the two, ' a WH official outlined. I have given I can't count the number of speeches, I have countless the past 11 years.

"Throughout my career, it has been my greatest privilege to serve alongside extraordinary service members and dedicated civilians". He replaced Michael Flynn, one of Trump's most trusted national security advisers, after he was forced to step down for lying to investigators about contacts with Russian Federation during the presidential transition. He brought in McMaster to replace Michael Flynn, who, along with Trump's deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and campaign aide George Papadopoulos, has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Freedman is now helping manage the transition, according to a source familiar with the call. He will take the job on April 9.

Asked when he was offered the job, Bolton said "it came to a conclusion this afternoon".

"Bolton can and will clean house", one former White House official told Foreign Policy.

Speaking in an interview on the "Cats Roundtable" radio show, Bolton said Pyongyang is seeking to "buy more time" through talks with the US and will attempt to prolong negotiations while it continues developing its nuclear weapons.

Not only will he influence United States policy in Syria and Iraq, but more immediately and more worryingly, his appointment signals a much tougher USA stance against Iran and North Korea. In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in January, Bolton wrote: "America's declared policy should be ending Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution before its 40th anniversary". He said on Fox News "the only diplomatic solution left is to end the regime".

The Pentagon said it does not have an official comment to make at this time.

"I have been concerned at some of the things he's decided".

"Actually although it's certainly true the normal route here is months and months and months of preparation, that would simply play into the North Korean playbook: what they've done many times before", he said, adding that Pyongyang and Washington would need to begin "concrete" discussions on denuclearization as soon as possible. Bolton is one of the key figures of neoconservatism, a political tendency that believes that the United States should pursue and defend primacy or unlimited power - especially by military means.

Amid speculation about McMaster's fate CNN has reported that the three-star general has been in discussions with the Hoover Institution.

McMaster had told confidants he would leave the post if at any point he lost credibility on the worldwide stage, according to three White House officials.

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.

Candidate Trump appeared on "Meet the Press" in the summer of 2015 just weeks after announcing his run for president.

Another source said, "He is going to remove nearly all the political [appointees] McMaster brought in". He enters the White House with Trump's ear, the source close to Bolton said, which promises to further raise tensions with chief of staff John Kelly.

McMaster was brought in after Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was dismissed after less than a month in office.

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