US President Donald Trump has appointed Robert O’Brien as the new national security adviser to succeed John Bolton
O’Brien has a long career in foreign policy for the two major Republican and Democratic parties, and until recently led the State Department’s hostage negotiations.
He is the fourth national security adviser in the Trump administration
In his role, O’Brien will handle a wide range of issues covering almost everything from immigration policy to tension with Iran
Trump praised O’Brien’s work in the administration of hostage negotiation, saying: “He did a great job, and we know each other very well.”
O’Brien described his assumption of office as an “honor”.
“We have a number of challenges, but there is a wonderful team that is working now, and I look forward to working with them and the president to keep America safe and continue to build our army,” O’Brien said.
O’Brien took over after Bolton, HR McMaster and Michael Flynn, where the post does not require congressional approval.
Who is Robert O’Brien?
Robert O’Brien was trained as a lawyer, then became a Republican foreign policy adviser and served in many government jobs. Former President George W. Bush appointed him in 2005 to represent the United States at the UN General Assembly
During his tenure at the United Nations, he worked with Bolton, then ambassador, as well as with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.
He was a former Obama administration official
Andrew Exum, former Undersecretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, tweeted on his Twitter account: “All I can say is that he is a very good person. I wish him success in this position.