The U.S. President Trump has announced to replace U.S. National Security Adviser HR McMaster with former U.S. ambassador the UN John Bolton.
Mr. Bolton had been the U.S. ambassador to the UN during the Bush era. He is largely regarded as a war hawk and one of the architects of Iraq war.
He helped to establish that Saddam Hossain had mass destructive weapons at his disposal which later came to be wrong.
The U.S. attacked Iraq based on the reports that Mr. Hussain had mass destructive weapons.
Donald Trump’s decision to replace McMaster with Mr. Bolton came as a surprise given he has been outspoken against the U.S. move to attack Iraq.
Mr. Bolton has backed attacking North Korea and Iran. He said will ensure the president has “the full range of options.”
Mr. Bolton said in a statement after Trump appointed him the National Security Adviser, “The United States currently faces a wide array of issues and I look forward to working with President Trump and his leadership team in addressing these complex challenges in an effort to make our country safer at home and stronger abroad.”
Earlier Mr. Trump said on Twitter that Bolton “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.”
Mr. McMaster is the latest high profile to depart the Trump Administration. Mr. Bolton will become the third national security adviser of President Trump in just 14 months.
President Trump fired the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in last week in a bid to replace him with the former CIA director Mike Pompeo.
After President Trump appointed Bolton the new National Security adviser, Lindsay Graham, a Republican Senator, said it was a “good news for America’s allies and bad news for America’s enemies”
On the other hand, Abraham Denmark, a senior defense official in the Obama administration, said: “Bolton has long been an advocate for pre-emptive military action against North Korea, and his appointment as national security adviser is a strong signal that President Trump remains open to these options.”
Bolton Quotes on Key Issues
“The Middle East peace process has long needed clarity and an injection of reality, and Trump has provided it by making the decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.”
“The only logic underlying the demand for a Palestinian state is the political imperative of Israel’s opponents to weaken and encircle the Jewish state, thereby minimizing its potential to establish secure and defensible borders.”
“The One-China policy is inherently ambiguous. China thinks it means one thing, we think it means another.”
“We have a very limited amount of time left before North Korea gains deliverable nuclear weapons. We’ve got to look at the very unattractive choice of using military force to deny them that capability.”
“The US must strengthen its allies in Central and Eastern Europe through NATO and ensure that there are effective countermeasures to the cyber war that Russia is engaging.”
“The Iran nuclear deal was a strategic mistake in 2015. This deal needs to be abrogated and America must craft a new reality that reflects the actions of the Iranian regime.”