Published: Wed, September 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump names Robert O’Brien as new national security adviser

Trump names Robert O’Brien as new national security adviser

O'Brien will also be in the position to give Mr. Trump guidance on what to do in Afghanistan, which was a major point of contention between Mr. Trump and Bolton.

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he has selected Robert C. O'Brien to replace John Bolton as national security adviser.

"I have worked long and hard with Robert. He will do a great job!" posted the President on social media. At one point, he urged Cruz (R-Tex.) to draw a contrast on national security with Trump, who "who has been playing up how chummy he will be with Vladimir Putin if he is elected". O'Brien has said he is confident Tice is still alive though it's unclear who is holding him.

Trump recently dispatched O'Brien to Sweden for the court hearing of US rapper A$AP Rocky, who was later convicted for assault.

Bolton's ouster came as a surprise to many in the White House.

O'Brien, a Mormon, was a campaign adviser to Mitt Romney, but has been unstintingly loyal to Trump, careful to credit him with any hostage successes.

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He also was an adviser on the Republican presidential campaigns of former Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, former Gov. Mitt Romney of MA and Sen.

Earlier in his career, O'Brien was a senior legal officer for the U.N. Security Council commission that decided claims against Iraq that arose from the Gulf War.

"The president sent me here, so it's totally appropriate", he said, adding, "I also help free people that are held by unjustly detained Americans". Previously, he worked for Bolton when Bolton was United Nations ambassador in the George W. Bush administration.

In his 2016 book, While America Slept, O'Brien detailed what he saw as some of the failures of USA foreign policy in recent years, particularly under the Obama administration.

Trump tweeted the announcement from California, where he was opening the third and final day of a West Coast fundraising swing. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to be in Saudi Arabia the next couple days to assess the situation. He was eventually released and returned to the U.S.

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