Who will be Trump’s New National Security Adviser? Here are a Few Options
Who will be Bolton’s replacement?
President Donald Trump is seeking a new national security adviser. John Bolton, the National Security Adviser, removed from his position as a result of long-time disagreements with President Trump. The former Deputy National Security Adviser, Charles Kupperman, was appointed to the position as an interim replacement. He is widely known in mainstream media as an ex-adviser to “a group that promotes anti-Muslim conspiracy theories.”
Who is Kupperman?
Kupperman was an adviser for John Bolton for a long time. He aligns with Bolton’s hawkish line in the foreign policy. Civil rights groups’ concern about Kupperman’s link with the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a DC-based, far-right think tank that has been accused of promoting anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. Among conspiracies, “the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government,” “President Barack Obama was secretly Muslim,” “Hillary Clinton’s top adviser Huma Abedin worked for the Muslim Brotherhood” belong to them. Kupperman, 68, was on CSP’s board between 2001 and 2010.
Robert McCaw, director of government affairs at the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Al Jazeera, “Once again this is an example of Trump elevating foxes into the hen house, where Islamophobes are well placed to direct our nation’s national security priorities.”
President Trump said, “it’s an easy job” for the position of National Security Adviser.
“You know why it’s easy? Because I make all of the decisions — you don’t have to work,” Trump told reporters in the White House yesterday while he was leaving for Baltimore to meet with House Republicans. He added, “it’s a lot of fun to work for Donald Trump.”
Although the president tries to allure a new adviser emphasizing how easy it is, this will be the fourth adviser who is going to take time to adjust Trump’s priorities. Even Bolton, while Trump met with Kim, was with Mongolia’s secretary of state. Bolton’s ‘modest outreach’ to Mongolia aimed to understand Russian and Chinese influence in Central Asia.
According to Foreign Policy, capitol professionals believe Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will expand his power and become dual-hatted as Secretary of State and National Security Advisor. However, nine names came out for the position, according to current and former officials, Republican lawmakers close to the president and sources close to the White House:
Douglas MacGregor: An idiosyncratic defense analyst and a retired Army colonel
Stephen Biegun: Biegun, Trump’s envoy to North Korea, is a veteran Republican foreign-policy expert who served in George W. Bush’s National Security Council and as a foreign-policy advisor to members of Congress
Richard Grenell: The U.S. ambassador to Germany, a personal favorite of Trump’s.
Keith Kellogg: Vice President Mike Pence’s national security advisor.
Matthew Pottinger: A highly influential, low-key member of Trump’s national security staff, one of the architects of the administration’s hawkish policies toward China, a former journalist and Marine Corps officer.
Brian Hook: Another Republican foreign-policy expert with experience in the George W. Bush administration. Fox News’ commentator Tucker Carlson called Hook an “unapologetic neocon.”
Robert O’Brien: Trump’s ambassador and special presidential envoy for hostage affairs.
Rob Blair: A national security aide to acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, one of Bolton’s chief antagonists in the White House.
Jack Keane: A retired four-star Army general, who served as vice chief of staff of the Army and played a behind-the-scenes role during the U.S. surge in Iraq in 2006 and 2007.
What does Twitter say?
Joyce Karam, Washington Correspondent, The National @TheNationalUAE
“The 2 Fmr NSC Officials I spoke to saw a bigger problem in current trajectory of US foreign policy than Bolton.
Most serious names considered are close to Pompeo but interagency Process within US national security agencies is suffering. Replacement will be temporary…”
Adam Schiff, Representing California’s 28th Congressional District. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee
“From the beginning, I felt John Bolton lacked the judgment and temperament to be National Security Advisor.
Nothing he did in the job persuaded me otherwise.
The only question about his replacement is the same after all Trump resignations:
Will we go from bad to worse?”
Tim O’Brien, Executive Editor: Bloomberg Opinion. @MSNBC analyst. Priors: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, HP.
“Bolton had to know “that he was going to work for an unpredictable, undisciplined and unenlightened boss when he succeeded McMaster. What he may not have fully grasped is this essential truth about Trump: The president doesn’t take advice.” “
Rep. Tony Cárdenas, Representative for California’s 29th District.
“Bolton’s replacement must be someone who understands the importance of our global alliances, respects Congress’ authority, and will always put America’s security above personal and political interests.”
Ron Paul, Former Congressman from Texas.
Nicholas Fandos, Congressional correspondent for @NYTimes.
“Mitt Romney outspoken on Bolton’s firing: “I’m very, very unhappy to hear that he is leaving. It’s a huge loss for the andministration and for the nation.”
Asked about a possible replacement, Romney suggests “John Bolton” “