Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The “Stache” No Longer Needed

Just a little after noon today the nation learned President Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton, had tendered his resignation.

President Trump said, “I asked John for his resignation, which was given this morning.  I thank John very much for his service.  I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”

Bolton’s exit caused shockwaves throughout the DC Beltway, though there had been numerous reports of tensions between Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on some of President Trump’s biggest foreign policy initiatives, including the now-collapsed peace deal with Afghanistan’s Taliban and the nuclear talks with North Korea.

In the interim, Charles Kupperman, PhD will serve as Acting National Security Advisor.

Kupperman has four decades of national security policy and program experience serving in President Ronald Reagan’s Administration. He served in several departments under Reagan: Executive Office of the President, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the President’s General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament. He also served as foreign policy advisor to Reagan’s presidential campaign.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a key Trump ally, said he liked Bolton but that the President deserved to feel comfortable with his team.

“As National Security Adviser to President Trump, I found him to be accessible and always pursuing an agenda that not only helps the President but makes America safe.  President Trump, like every other president, has the right to a national security adviser of his own choosing.”

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