Bolton replacing McMaster as Trump national security adviser

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks during CPAC 2018

President Trump has outdone himself, having picked one of the most unsafe, warmongering, racist and, frankly, asinine characters in Washington's foreign policy establishment to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser - John Bolton.

"For a seemingly superpower country, it is shameful that its national security official would be receiving a salary from a terrorist sect", IRNA quoted Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, as saying.

Wylie said that ad was primarily targeted at "cluster two" of Arkansas voters, which consisted of males in their 40s to 60s who cared most about national security and the economy. Officials said Trump's goal is to have his new security team in place before he meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. 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.

A second former White House official offered a blunt assessment of former Obama officials now detailed or appointed to the NSC: "Everyone who was there during Obama years should start packing their shit". He and Trump have met regularly since Trump took office.

Trump and Bolton see eye to eye on a more hawkish foreign policy, especially when it comes to North Korea and Iran, and are equally averse to multilateral diplomacy, whether that means the United Nations or working with the European Union.

After weeks of speculation about General McMaster's future, Mr. Trump and the respected three-star general put a positive face on the Thursday departure, making no reference to the growing public friction between them. When nominated by Bush to serve as ambassador to the United Nations - about which Bolton said "if it lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference" - not even Republicans would support him.

But with Pompeo set to replace him and Bolton on his way to the White House, the accord's coffin may well have been nailed shut.

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Tennessee Senator Bob Corker once famously called the White House an "adult daycare" since the entire administration is focused nearly entirely on ensuring that the president doesn't hurt himself or destroy the country when he gets angry.

Bolton is known around Washington political circles, and from his time as a Fox News Contributor, as being direct- though some would call him abrasive.

"I think John Bolton has been the worst mistake he's made", the 39th president said, calling Trump's move "very ill-advised".

Ordinary Americans too have derided President Trump's announcement.

Yet officials said the president still has genuine respect for McMaster. "He should be welcoming a McMaster who disagrees with him rather than shielding himself from that".

Bolton's super PAC first hired Cambridge Analytica and SCL Elections in the summer 2014 to provide microtargeting and boost the super PAC's advocacy on national security issues, according to a copy of the signed contract Wylie provided to The Post. President Trump could find Bolton a liability when it comes to voters who expect his attention and their tax dollars focused here at home - voters who will be essential to any hope of holding Congress in November and the White House in 2020.

Bolton was also accused of threatening to fire analysts who disagreed with his conclusions, as well as insubordination, spying on his superiors and leaking documents.

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