A hostage ne­go­tia­tor is Trump’s NSA

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

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.

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