FILE PHOTO: U.S. Particular Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Robert C. O’Brien arrives to the district courtroom, in the course of the second day of ASAP Rocky’s trial, in Stockholm, Sweden August 1, 2019. TT Information Company/Fredrik Persson by way of REUTERS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday named U.S. hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien as his selection to interchange John Bolton as his nationwide safety adviser, making him the fourth individual to carry the publish within the Trump administration.
O’Brien, who has served as Trump’s particular envoy for hostage affairs on the U.S. Division of State since Could 2018, has a protracted historical past in Republican international coverage circles.
“I’ve labored lengthy & arduous with Robert. He’ll do an incredible job!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
O’Brien is an legal professional from Los Angeles who has served as a international coverage adviser to a number of Republican presidential campaigns, dealt with a variety of excessive profile authorized circumstances and beforehand served in a number of State Division positions, together with as a substitute consultant to the U.N. Normal Meeting in 2005.
Trump had been weighing a variety of potential replacements after Bolton left the publish final week following disagreements with the president over his dealing with of North Korea and Venezuela.
His earlier nationwide safety advisers had been H.R. McMaster, who was changed by Bolton in March 2018, and Michael Flynn, who was fired shortly after taking the function and later pleaded responsible to mendacity to the FBI.
Reporting by Makini Brice, Susan Heavey and Jonathan Landay; Modifying by Angus MacSwan