Trump names Robert O'Brien as next national security adviser

TheHill | 9/19/2019 | Brett Samuels
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LOS ANGELES — President Trump on Wednesday announced he intends to name the administration's envoy for hostage negotiations, Robert O'Brien, as his next national security adviser.

"I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!" Trump tweeted.

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O'Brien will replace John Bolton, whom Trump fired last week and later criticized for failing to align with the administration's agenda on North Korea and Venezuela.

The role of national security adviser does not require Senate confirmation.

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O'Brien will be Trump's fourth national security adviser in less than three years. He follows Michael Flynn, H.R. McMaster and Bolton.

He steps into a challenging role as Trump faces crossroads on how to handle escalating tensions in Iran, stalled negotiations on denuclearization in North Korea, a worsening situation in Venezuela and other global issues.

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O'Brien must also navigate advising Trump without overstepping, something the more hawkish Bolton was apparently unable to do.

Tapped in 2018 as the chief hostage negotiator for the...
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