H.R. McMaster out as national security adviser, Trump taps John Bolton

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday picked as his new national security adviser John Bolton, a hawk who has advocated using military force against Iran and North Korea and has taken a hard line against Russia.

Trump said in a tweet that Bolton would replace H.R. McMaster, his current national security adviser.

Bolton, 69, who has long been a polarizing figure in Washington foreign policy circles, becomes Trump’s third national security adviser in 14 months.

His departure follows Trump’s dramatic ouster of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week. It also comes after someone at the White House leaked that Trump was urged in briefing documents not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin about his recent re-election win. Trump did it anyway.

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H.R. McMaster is out as U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Trump tweeted Thursday evening. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

As the State Department’s top arms control official under President George W. Bush, Bolton was a leading advocate of the 2003 invasion of Iraq -— which was later found to have been based on bogus and exaggerated intelligence about President Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction and ties to terrorism.

In recent years, as a conservative media commentator, Bolton has advocated tough positions on stopping Pyongyang from getting nuclear weapons that could threaten the United States. He has also advocated getting rid of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, a pact Trump has also heavily criticized.

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