National Security Team Bolting Under Bolton?

National Security Team Bolting Under Bolton?

National Security Team Bolting Under Bolton?

Earlier this week, a day after Bolton took over, homeland security adviser Tom Bossert resigned.

He met separately with Chung Eui-yong, the South Korean official who last month in Washington announced Trump's surprise decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Ricky Waddell, the No. 2 official on the National Security Council (NSC), plans to leave his post as new national security adviser John Bolton seeks to form his own team.

Schadlow's departure is not expected to be the last as Bolton puts his imprint on the National Security Council.

Those moves follow Trump's appointment of John Bolton, a former United Nations ambassador and Fox News commentator, to succeed McMaster. Bossert also suffered from a confusing chain of command inside the White House.

Beyond Russia, there was widespread frustration in the White House that Bossert's office had failed to produce formal strategies to deal with counterterrorism and cyberactivities.

Jamil Jaffer, a former chief counsel to the Senator foreign relations panel and associate counsel to President Bush called Bossert's "ouster" a "huge mistake" especially at a time when tensions are high and the national security team is witnessing a big churning. His sudden forced resignation suggests Bolton may be intent on ensuring that Bossert's replacement on cyber and counterterrorism strategy reports directly to him. Right now, the NSC and HSC function as separate bodies, with their own meetings and policy issues, but share a staff.

Bolton is now Trump's third national security adviser-replacing McMaster, who replaced Michael Flynn.

In her statement, Sanders praised Bossert's efforts to deter terrorist threats, strengthen U.S. cyberdefenses and respond to what she called "an unprecedented series of natural disasters". "We thank him for his continued service", said White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters.

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