National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is resigning and will be replaced by John R. Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
The news was first reported by the New York Times and confirmed in a tweet from President Donald Trump, who said McMaster had “done an outstanding job.” The transition on Trump’s national security team comes at a critical time for the administration, which is preparing for a meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un over the country’s nuclear program. The handover will happen in mid-April.
“Throughout my career it has been my greatest privilege to serve alongside extraordinary service members and dedicated civilians,” McMaster said in a statement released by the White House. “I am thankful to President Donald J. Trump for the opportunity to serve him and our nation as national security adviser. I am grateful for the friendship and support of the members of the National Security Council who worked together to provide the President with the best options to protect and advance our national interests.”
McMaster’s departure is the latest in a series of exits from the White House, and comes just more than a week after Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The president said he and the former ExxonMobil CEO had ” a different mind-set, a different thinking.” Trump nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take his place, noting the two men were on the same “wavelength.”
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