Executive Intelligence Review


Trump Dumps McMaster, Hires Bolton as National Security Advisor

March 23, 2018 (EIRNS)—President Trump has replaced General H.R. McMaster (ret.) as National Security Advisor, with John Bolton. The announcement was made yesterday, effective April 9. Bolton, an attorney, diplomat, and general commentator, is well known for his super-war hawk stances, which he states emphatically on his BoltonPAC, but he is widely covered in the media as having explicitly promised to be compliant in his new position, and to carry out Trump’s wishes.

Sources have informed EIR that McMaster has for some time opposed the cordial relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Further, German radio Deutschlandfunk reported this morning that McMaster opposed Trump’s March 20 phone call to Putin; this media account comes amidst coverage of the White House leak of National Security Council briefing notes prior to the call, advising Trump not to congratulate Putin on his re-election as President.

A White House official told media, that Trump and Bolton

“have been discussing this for some time. The timeline was expedited as they both felt it was important to have the new team in place, instead of constant speculation. This was not related to any one moment or incident, rather it was the result of ongoing conversations between the two.”