Will John Bolton Be The Next National Security Advisor? [VIDEO]

Will John Bolton Be The Next National Security Advisor? [VIDEO]

Will John Bolton Be The Next National Security Advisor? [VIDEO]

Will the resignation of Michael Flynn a week ago, the search has been on for President Trump’s next national security advisor. The job was offered to Vice Admiral Harward late last week, but he turned it down. This meant that the president had to construct another short list and start interviewing candidates again (and notably, this time David Petraeus was NOT on the short list). This time, the short list now contains former UN Ambassador John Bolton.

John Bolton (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Now, I have never been shy about my support for The ‘Stache, as he was my preferred choice for Secretary of State. I think that this role could be a good fit for him, given his level of expertise in international relations.

Bolton, a senior figure in the George W. Bush administration, is well versed in the intricacies of government and would give the White House credibility at a time when the administration is under criticism.

“The one thing that makes Bolton more qualified than anyone else for the Trump era is that he has a veteran genius-level understanding of the organizational structure of our nation’s diplomatic and intelligence apparatus,” said one veteran foreign policy insider who is in close contact with multiple senior Trump administration national security figures.

Bolton has the ability to help root out Obama administration holdovers still working in the government, according to multiple sources. That would be essential. The Free Beacon reported earlier this week that Flynn’s ouster was in part manufactured by Obama administration loyalists who leaked classified information as part of an effort to destroy the former national security adviser’s credibility.

This is one moment when someone who has already had practice working within the politics of Washington would be an asset instead of a hinderance. Despite Senator Rand Paul’s constant whining about Bolton, the fact that he has experience and a reputation within Washington, as well as a long, easily researchable history of opinion and commentary.
There is a likelihood that the current acting NSA Lieutenant GeneralKeith Kellogg will simply be told to keep the job as well, just to preserve a little continuity within the new NSA team. The other two reported candidates are Lieutenant General Robert Caslen, superintendent of West Point, and Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster. Bolton would be the only non-career military option within this list of candidates.

Since the position of National Security Adviser does not require confirmation by the Senate, this choice really is all President Trump’s. Let’s hope that whoever he chooses, there can be some calm after the chaos of the last week. But I’ll be personally rooting for Bolton to get the job.

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  • parker says:

    I agree Bolton was a perfect choice for SOS, but the NSA position is fine for Bolton as he has a vast knowledge of the threats we face off shore.

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