Trump selects Robert O’Brien to replace John Bolton The new national security advisor will take the lead for a service weakened by the dismissal of his three leaders in less than three years.
Charged so far from the record of US hostages held in the world, Robert O’Brien took the strip, Wednesday, September 18. He has been appointed to the most unstable position of the administration of Donald Trump, that of national security adviser where he will replace John Bolton, sacked on September 10.
A lawyer by training, founder of a lucrative California-based firm, Mormon, Robert O’Brien has previously held minor positions with President George W. Bush. He was then foreign affairs advisor to 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, before playing the same role with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and then Texas Senator Ted Cruz at the provincial presidential elections.
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In April, Donald Trump posted a quote on his Twitter account that said he was “the biggest hostage negotiator I’ve ever known in US history,” even though the original statement was a statement. a little less emphatic. Donald Trump being of public notoriety sensitive to tributes, such praises could not harm their author.
In a book also published in 2016, While America Slept (While America slept, Encounter books, untranslated), accompanied by a congratulatory quote from John Bolton, Robert O’Brien had instructed the trial of the Democratic Administration Barack Obama, comparing, as is frequently the case in the conservative ranks, the Iranian nuclear compromise to a modern form of the Munich agreements with Nazi Germany.
He developed in this book a very classically republican vision of foreign affairs, highlighting the American exceptionalism and the importance of sealed alliances after the Second World War. A vision partly repudiated by the President of the United States in favor of an essential contractual approach that erases the distinction between allied and enemy countries.
Muting certain beliefs His appointment as head of the National Security Council could restore some form of coherence after John Bolton’s departure. The latter did not mask indeed a bellicose tendency to the antipodes of the instincts of the president.
He had conflictual relations with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, also classified among the “hawks” but able to anticipate presidential arbitrations. John Bolton also minimized the process of deliberation among the various poles that theoretically contribute to the development of American diplomacy.
Robert O’Brien will lead a service that has already had three incumbents in less than three years and has been continually weakened by successive dismissals.
Writer: Himani Ranade