Trump gets third national security advisor in 14 months

23 March 2018

Trump gets third national security advisor in 14 months

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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.

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.

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.