President Trump unexpectedly announced Thursday night that former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton will replace General H.R. McMaster as his National Security Advisor; with the west wing shakeup taking place in early April.
“I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9,” tweeted the President.
I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018
The President’s decision ends weeks of speculation over the fate of McMaster, following Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s departure earlier this month.
“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,” said a statement from McMaster.
H.R. McMaster Warns Kim Jong Un: Sleep with One Eye Open
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster sent an ominous warning to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un this week, telling the despot he shouldn’t rest easy as US forces and its allies mobilize against him throughout the Pacific.
McMaster was speaking with MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt when he made the chilling comment, saying Kim “shouldn’t be sleeping easy at night” with the United States military at his doorstep.
“Should [Kim Jong Un] be sleeping easily at night?” asked Hewitt.
“No, I think he should not be, because he has the whole world against him,” said McMaster. “He’s isolated, he’s isolated on this. Since 1953 the Korean peninsula has been in a state of armistice, the war never formally ended. There’s been no aggression from the United States, South Korea, or any of our allies.”
“If he were removed general, would the regime’s behavior change?” pressed Hewitt.
“I’m not sure about that,” said the National Security Advisor.
McMasters harsh warning comes on the heels of two successful ICBM launches by the North Koreans as well as outlandish threats against the United States. This week, Pyongyang’s state-run news agency threatened the United States with “unexpected gift packages” and claimed America was on the “knife’s edge of life and death.”
H.R. McMaster Allowed Susan Rice to Keep Top-Secret Security Clearance
White House National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster allowed former President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice “unfettered and continuing access to classified information”, according to a letter published by Circa News’ Sara Carter.
The news comes as questions continue to swirl about a number of unmaskings made by several former members of the Obama administration including Rice, former U.N Ambassador Samantha Power, former CIA Chief John Brennan, and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
“I hereby waive the requirement that you must have a ‘need-to-know’ to access any classified information contained in items you ‘originated, reviewed, signed or received while serving,’ as National Security Adviser,” reads the letter, which was reportedly sent in late April. The letter also states that the “NSC will continue to work with you to ensure the appropriate security clearance documentation remains on file to allow you access to classified information.”
According to anonymous White House sources quoted by Circa news, President Trump was unaware of McMaster’s decision.