U.S. President Donald Trump has appointed former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton as the new National Security Adviser. Bolton will replace Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and will work alongside C.I.A Director Mike Pompeo in implementing the President’s policies on national security. Bolton’s appointment takes effect on April 9.
Bolton will be a welcome presence in the Trump administration. He is a non-traditionalist politician. Unlike previous administrations, Bolton will work to dismantle globalist institutions and will not hesitate to take on dictators and bureaucrats. He is a strong supporter of the President’s policies regarding North Korea and Iran’s nuclear deal.
Despite his tenure as Ambassador to the U.N, Bolton has been highly critical of the United Nations. He once referred to the U.N. as a “Twilight zone; things that happen here don’t reflect the reality in the rest of the world.”
In an opinion post, Bolton continued to attack the U.N:
“The U.N. is characterized by speeches, meetings, reports, resolutions and endless ways to spend money.”
Bolton likewise called the U.N.’s decision making groups; the Security Council, the General Assembly and its human rights watch groups as “failures”.
Bolton believed that former President Barack Obama’s nuclear arrangement with Iran known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was the perfect example of how globalist ideology ruined America:
“President Obama is engaging in what I believe is the greatest display of appeasement from a president in history.”
It is believed that Bolton was instrumental in convincing President Trump to take America out of the arrangement.
By contrast, General McMaster, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis advised the President to keep America in the JCPOA. President Trump reluctantly agreed but eventually waived the reimposition of the sanctions that were lifted because of the arrangement:
“In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately. No one should doubt my word.”
With Bolton and Pompeo on-board, President Trump will get more support to push through with his word. Although it is possible for Mattis to try and persuade the President to keep America in the arrangement, Bolton’s appointment sends a strong message as to what President Trump intends to do about the JCPOA by May.