23 March 2018Hot off the Press
US President Donald Trump has announced he is replacing National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster with former UN Ambassador John Bolton.
Mr Trump made the announcement via Twitter, in which he said he was “very thankful” for Mr McMaster’s service.
I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018
Mr Bolton is considered to be somewhat of a polarising figure by many in Washington, and has a history of advocating military action against any enemy of America including North Korea and Iran, and was a key supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq — which was found to be based on false and exaggerated intelligence reports.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) March 23, 2018
Mr McMaster’s departure comes despite White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying there would not be any major staff changes in the near future last week.
Mr Bolton will be the Trump Administration’s third national security advisor in 14 months.