On Thursday, the Trump administration announced the resignation of Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster from his post as National Security Adviser. McMaster will be replaced by John Bolton. This is the latest installment in President Trump’s reshuffling of his foreign policy staff, with a new Secretary of State and CIA Director nominated following the appointment of Mike Pompeo as the new Secretary of State, replacing Rex Tillerson.
Much speculation surrounding McMaster’s resignation revolves around the recent public displays of friction between President Trump and McMaster, when the latter asserted that the evidence that the Russian government made efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election were “incontrovertible.” The president facetiously accused McMaster of “forgetting” to mention Secretary Hillary Clinton’s uranium deal, corruption within the Podesta company, and the lack of evidence surrounding the effect Russian meddling had on the outcome of the election.
Bolton most recently served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, a post in which he advocated for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. For this reason, Bolton has been labeled both a “conservative hawk” and a “neoconservative” for his interventionist stances. He has not shied away from these labels, recently authoring a piece recommending military action against North Korea.
With former CIA Director Mike Pompeo being selected to run the State Department, Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel being elevated to Director, and Bolton now serving as a National Security Adviser, the administration appears to finally be coming around to the foreign policy that President Trump hopes to implement.
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