President Donald Trump has replaced the National Security Adviser, General Herbert Raymond McMaster, with John Bolton, a Bush-era hawk.
The announcement, two months after the direct talks with North Korea, completes the dizzying government crisis that began in the middle of the month with the departure of economic adviser Gary Cohn and the sudden dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson .
All three formed the moderate wing of the White House and the main brake on Trump’s ultra-nationalist policy. The president now has free hands to carry out his most radical program.
“I’m as conservative as John Bolton is,” Ford told the committee. “But the fact is that the collateral damage and the personal hurt that he causes is not worth the price that had to be paid.”
The departure of Lieutenant General McMaster was taken for granted. Unable to bite his tongue, this former war hero was a respected voice inside and outside the White House, but he clashed with Trump from the beginning, who found him too wired and removed from his more rupturist statements.
Only the admiration that the president feels towards the military, restrained his impulses and, in the end, they have guaranteed him a smooth exit, in comparison with that suffered by Tillerson, dismissed without warning with a humiliating tweet.
I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018