In a much-anticipated move, national security adviser H.R. McMaster is leaving the Trump administration and will be replaced by John Bolton.
President Donald Trump announced the move on Twitter.
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
Speculation about Bolton joining the administration has been persistent ever since Trump was elected. Bolton previously and controversially served as former President George W. Bush’s U.N. Ambassador. Bush appointed Bolton while Congress was in recess and after Democrats filibustered the nomination over Bolton’s views on the U.N.
Bolton is known for his fervent belief that intervention in Iraq was justified, and he has argued publicly for a preemptive war with North Korea.
Bolton will become Trump’s third national security adviser.
McMaster served as Trump’s national security adviser for most of the first year of the administration after Michael Flynn was forced to resign just weeks into his tenure.
McMaster, along with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were considered the “adults” in the Trump administration, tasked with tempering the president’s most petulant behaviors.
As with all these incidents of staffers leaving the administration, the administration had recently assured McMaster’s position was secure.
Just spoke to @POTUS and Gen. H.R. McMaster – contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC.
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) March 16, 2018