many appearances on Fox News are reportedly the main reason he's now Trump's national security adviser.

I was and remain a big fan of General McMaster, who served this country honorably for thirty-four years. Bolton, an attorney, diplomat, and general commentator, is well known for his super-war hawk stances, which he states emphatically on his BoltonPAC, but he is widely covered in the media as having explicitly promised to be compliant in his new position, and to carry out Trump's wishes. Another official likely to be targeted in a Bolton purge is McMaster's deputy, Ricky Waddell.

Only recently, he threw verbal cold water on President Trump's decision to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in late May, calling it "diplomatic shock and awe" and advising such a meeting be short and to the point. Bolton advocates regime change in Iran and is opposed to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

"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.

The report comes just days after leaked National Security Council memos advising Trump to not congratulate Vladimir Putin on his election win made their way into the press. Trump did it anyway.

'After thirty-four years of service to our nation, I am requesting retirement from the US Army effective this summer after which I will leave public service.


The Pentagon said it does not have an official comment to make at this time. He's exhausted of advisers who are steering him away from his true agenda and persona, goes this narrative; instead, he's finally getting back to the basics that make Trump who he really is.

McMaster's departure may have been hastened by leaks emanating from the White House.

McMaster never developed a personal rapport with Trump, who chafed at his long-winded briefing style, according to a White House official and a person close to the president. Both Mattis and Kelly angled for McMaster to be replaced.

Mr John Bolton is reported to have kept a defused hand grenade on his desk at the State Department during the administration of former Republican President George W. Bush, when he served as undersecretary of state for arms control - a role in which he championed the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

But if he and Trump bond, Bolton's America First philosophy could give shape and consistency to Trump's most reckless instincts.

Mr Bolton was forced to resign from the United Nations job the following year after Democrats refused to support his nomination in the Senate.


Republican congresswoman Betty McCollum tweeted that Mr Bolton was a "discredited architect of the Iraq War" and his "appointment puts our national security at risk". He was spotted entering the West Wing earlier Thursday.

One anonymous source told The Washington Post at the time that Trump, an obvious vulgarian, is actually "very aesthetic".

As he confronts matters of war and peace with North Korea and Iran, Trump is bringing in an adviser likely to magnify many of his own instinctive qualities: hard-hitting, fiercely nationalistic and eager to confront US adversaries. Bustani, the US led the campaign to remove him because he was planning to inspect Iraq's state facilities for chemical weapons. "You can tell me right now or we'll start thinking of something else".

The military strategist, who joined the administration in February 2017, has struggled to navigate a tumultuous White House.

Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox. "But it's the job of the national security adviser to be the enforcer and to make sure that it happens". White House officials said he was ousted because he did not tell top advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence, about the full extent of his contacts with Russian officials.


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