Lindsey German: John Bolton - An Uber Hawk With Warmongering Ambitions

Lindsey German: John Bolton - An Uber Hawk With Warmongering Ambitions

McMaster was expected to remain as national security adviser through mid-April in order to assure a smooth transition of leadership.

Coupled with Trump's decision last week to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, now the Central Intelligence Agency director, the moves suggest that the administration will shed even more of the approaches favored by the Republican foreign policy establishment in favor of confrontational policies on subjects such as Iran and North Korea.

McMaster's exit followed a string of reported disagreements between the him and the president, particularly, the relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Aperfect storm is brewing over the White House.

The recent diplomatic changes in U.S. President Donald Trump's administration could scuttle prospects for a negotiated solution to the North Korean nuclear issue, experts warned Thursday in a panel discussion at the Asia Society here. Bolton is not only a liar, according to Trump, but a liar who does not learn from his big, fat mistakes.

President Donald Trump just installed a mini-him as national security adviser.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had been hoping to entice McMaster into another military assignment in order to qualify as a four-star general. "I think if John Bolton is smart", he will want to make "the president successful on this", he said.

Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked congratulated Bolton on the appointment, calling him a "true friend of Israel", and praising Trump for the nomination.

With Bolton's appointment, she said, the Trump administration "has joined with extremist Zionists, fundamentalist Christians and white racists".

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Several sources told CNN that the decision came after months of personal tension between McMaster and Trump. A White House official told Politico that the president was impressed by Bolton's "many appearances on Fox News" and that helped clinch the job.

"The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First" - that was the headline over an article that he wrote for the Wall Street Journal before we ever got the news that Kim Jong-un would meet with either Moon or Trump.

That has veterans of the Trump administration predicting that Bolton will quickly seek to install his own team at the NSC, which functions as a clearing house for policy advice and is supposed to integrate the different perspectives of US government agencies. Bolton seemed surprised that the president made the announcement when he did.

But in his first year in office, Trump chafed under the moderating influence of his second national security adviser HR McMaster and his now sacked secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

Richard Painter, the former chief White House ethics lawyer under George W Bush, decried Bolton as "by far the most risky man we had in the entire eight years of the Bush administration".

Daniel Russel, senior fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute and assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs during Barack Obama's presidency, suggested in his role as moderator of Thursday's talk that Trump clearly takes the North Korean threat seriously and appears interested in engaging the North personally.

In 2005 he was appointed US Ambassador to the United Nations, despite being one of the UN's fiercest critics.

Asked about Bolton's appointnent by reporeters on March 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said it was "not a question for us, it is for the USA administration". "President Trump who has been extremely skeptical about recent increases in U.S. forces and Pompeo/Bolton might play to that skepticism and reverse course", Markey further says. Trump found McMaster's style grating.

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