Trump names hostage negotiator O'Brien new national security adviser

Trump names hostage negotiator O'Brien new national security adviser

"I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O'Brien, now serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor". Another short-listed candidate, North Korea envoy, Stephen Biegun, was taken out of the mix when Pompeo suggested he might be better placed as Deputy Secretary of State to replace John Sullivan, who is widely expected to be nominated to be the next USA ambassador to Russian Federation, officials said.

For Trump, O'Brien represents a low-key choice for the job, a sign that the president was happy to have someone without the television starpower of Bolton.

Introducing O'Brien to reporters on the tarmac of Los Angeles International Airport, Trump hailed his "tremendous track record" securing the release of hostages and said "we know each other well", adding "Robert's been fantastic" as a hostage negotiator and that the USA hasn't spent any money to secure the hostages' release. "He happens to be right". It's a role that has been kept on by the Trump administration to continue to focus on efforts to bring Americans home. Mitt Romney's presidential campaigns.

O' Brien has said he is confident Tice is still alive though it's unclear who is holding him. "A very sharp negotiator".

Bolton was often described as a "hawk" and known for his tough stance on Iran.

O'Brien, considered by Trump for Navy secretary in 2017, supports the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and other alliances, Lucken said.

He worked with Bolton at the United Nations under President George W. Bush, who appointed him in 2005. He also was a State Department official under former Secretary Hillary Clinton. "We've had tremendous foreign policy successes under President Trump's leadership". O' Brien is the author of "While America Slept, " a collection of essays on U.S. nationalsecurity and foreign policy billed as a "wake-up call to the American people".

John Bolton listens to U.S. President Donald Trump speak in the Oval Office of the White House
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© Associated Press National security adviser Robert O'Brien talks with reporters before boarding Air Force One with President Donald Trump at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Trump recently dispatched O'Brien to Sweden for the court hearing of US rapper A$AP Rocky, who was later convicted for assault. Trump wrote on Twitter.

One of the most prominent hostage cases O'Brien has worked on is that of Austin Tice, a freelance journalist believed by the USA government to be alive who was abducted in Syria in August 2012 while reporting on the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

O'Brien's appointment comes one week after Bolton submitted his resignation to the President.

In his 2016 book, While America Slept, O'Brien detailed what he saw as some of the failures of USA foreign policy in recent years, particularly under the Obama administration.

Pompeo had favored O'Brien or Ricky Waddell, a former national security official in the Trump administration.

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