North Korea, US must "cut to the chase" on denuclearization: Bolton

28 March, 2018, 01:45 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Congressman Mike Pompeo speaking at the 2012 CPAC in Washington D.C

A super PAC created by President Trump's new national security adviser John Bolton was one of the earliest USA clients of the now-embattled data company Cambridge Analytica, which targeted voters to help boost Bolton's national security agenda, records show.

McMaster was Trump's second national security adviser after Michael Flynn was dismissed previous year for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the US.

Two former national security officials said Sunday that they don't agree with the rhetoric of President Donald Trump's pick to become the new national security chief.

The two men have reportedly been discussing the possibility of Bolton's new role for weeks, and Bolton promised Trump "he wouldn't start any wars" if he was selected, according to CNN. Trump tweeted that Mr. McMaster had done "an outstanding job & will always remain my friend". "There will be an official contact handover on 4/19".

"I think they're very anxious that they've got a different president here in the White House than Barack Obama", Bolton told host John Catsimatidis.

In a statement released by the White House, McMaster said he would be requesting retirement from the US Army effective this summer, adding that afterward he "will leave public service".

"Throughout my career, it has been my greatest privilege to serve alongside extraordinary service members and dedicated civilians". Bolton has been completely opposed to nuclear proliferation of the Iranian state for years, dating back to his time in the George W. Bush Administration in his hunt to deter the nation from securing weapons of mass destruction. Echoing Condoleezza Rice's "mushroom cloud" argument in the lead-up to the Iraq war, Bolton argued that "Given the gaps in USA intelligence about North Korea, we should not wait until the very last minute".

Democratic senator Bernie Sanders describes Mr Bolton as "too extreme to be confirmed as United Nations ambassador in 2005 and is absolutely the wrong person to be national security adviser now". Trump is proud of the diplomatic pressure campaign he thinks forced Kim to invite him to a nuclear summit.

Experts further say that Bolton and Pompeo may limit the scope of Asia policy within the White House in a big way. He preferred his near daily briefings with his Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo, whose gung ho attitude towards Iran rhymed with his own, and enjoyed watching Bolton fulminating on Fox News.

Trump and Bolton have discussed staffing changes since at least last July, when Bolton was offered the job as McMaster's deputy, the position now held by Waddell.

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Still, the appointment of Bolton makes the job of Defense Secretary James Mattis "tougher", Mullen said.

McMaster had told confidants he would leave the post if at any point he lost credibility on the worldwide stage, according to three White House officials.

David Wright, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, called said that Bolton's "extreme views are particularly unsafe now given his opposition to diplomacy with Iran and North Korea".

"Bolton can and will clean house", one former White House official told Foreign Policy, while another source said "he is going to remove nearly all the political [appointees] McMaster brought in".

Soon after Trump's congratulatory call to Putin, multiple news outlets began to report that Trump had congratulated Putin [VIDEO] on his election win against the specific and forceful recommendations of his national security team, which included McMaster.

Sources with knowledge of McMaster's standing in the White House had repeatedly said that he was on thin ice.

Trump was furious - asking White House aides and allies if they thought it was "a McMaster person" who had leaked it to the press, a source familiar with how things unfolded said.

Last month, he wrote in favor of replacing diplomacy with bombs.

McMaster was brought in after Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was dismissed after less than a month in office.


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