A hostage negotiator is Trump’s NSA
Los Angeles: President Donald Trump on Wednesday selected Robert C O’Brien, the state department’s chief hostage negotiator, to become his national security adviser.
In choosing O’Brien to replace John Bolton, who left the White House last week, the president chose a Los Angeles lawyer who had impressed him with his work to extricate Americans detained by countries like North Korea and Turkey. But it is not clear how different his advice will be from his predecessor given that O’Brien previously worked for Bolton and has cited his hawkish views in the past.
Trump announced the selection on Twitter. “I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Adviser,” Trump wrote on Twitter.