Iran: Naming John Bolton national security adviser "a shame"

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The epidemic departure of professed experts, which also includes the lawyers seeking to protect the president from Robert Mueller's investigation, has now been crowned by President Trump's appointment of former United Nations ambassador John Bolton as his third national security adviser in little over a year.

"I am very thankful for the service of General H R McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend", Trump said.

"The two 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", the official said.

Sources have informed EIR that McMaster has for some time opposed the cordial relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Freedman is now helping manage the transition, according to a source familiar with the call. The announcement was made yesterday, effective April 9.

Asked when he was offered the job, Bolton said "it came to a conclusion this afternoon".

He may also follow the lines of Trump in calling on China to become more involved in keeping North Korea from building nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The John Bolton Super PAC, led by the former diplomat and foreign policy hard-liner, paid Cambridge Analytica more than $1.1 million in the 2014 and 2016 cycles for research, according to Federal Election Commission filings. But one role that has received relatively little scrutiny is his work as chair of the Gatestone Institute, a nonprofit that focuses largely on publishing original commentary and news related to the supposed threat that Islam poses to Western society. Bolton is an incendiary commentator who has never shied away from conflict - personal or in his policy recommendations.

Bonnie Glaser, Asia expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington, said: "Bolton has long supported regime change in North Korea and closer ties with Taiwan".

In Paris, the group's spokesman Shahin Ghobadi said in response to the Iranian official's statement that "the notion that the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran has funded ambassador Bolton or any other American officials is simply a lie and is a mere joke."In a speech at an opposition group event near Paris in July, Bolton expressed hope that Iran's government would be toppled "by 2019".

"I have been concerned at some of the things he's decided".

Maginnis expects Bolton will be a major influence if and when President Trump meets with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the United Nations. After all, John Bolton had already famously auditioned for a high administration appointment.

Despite once bemoaning Bolton's thick mustache as unbefitting of a senior White House official, Trump has now determined he can look past it, one person familiar with his thinking said.

McMaster's departure may have been hastened by leaks emanating from the White House.

Foreign Policy reported that Bolton is planning to remove dozens of current officials, with a focus on those who have been "disloyal" to the president.

Tillis said Cambridge Analytica played a "relatively small part" in his campaign when he spoke to reporters Tuesday.

But McMaster's announced retirement from the military this summer would mean he wouldn't receive his fourth star.

Reports of McMaster's ouster had surfaced last week but the White House had dispelled them saying there were no changes at the National Security Council (NSC).

Another source said, "He is going to remove nearly all the political [appointees] McMaster brought in". And whereas McMaster had a disciplined style and a better understanding of complex national security issues, Trump prefers to make his often rash decisions unimpeded.