Trump names hostage negotiator O'Brien new national security adviser

18 Septembre, 2019, 19:19 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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President Donald Trump says he plans to name hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien to be his new national security adviser.

President Donald Trump named Robert O'Brien, the U.S. hostage negotiator, his new national security adviser on Wednesday.

He will be Trump's fourth national security adviser, replacing John Bolton, the hawkish national security adviser the president forced out last week.

Trump fired Bolton after disagreements over handling foreign policy matters relating to North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia and Venezuela.

"O'Brien joined the administration in May 2018 and serves as the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department. He will do a great job!", he added.

Prior to his appointment, O'Brien had been perhaps best known for his efforts to win the release of American rapper A$AP Rocky, who was held in a Swedish jail after being arrested for his involvement in a Stockholm brawl.

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Yesterday, the president mentioned five names as possible Bolton successors, and the list included O'Brien, whom the president described as "fantastic". O'Brien has said he is confident Tice is still alive though it's unclear who is holding him. O'Brien was present in court in Sweden when Rocky's trial began in early August.

O'Brien also worked with Bolton during the George W. Bush administration as a representative to the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Another short-listed candidate, North Korea envoy, Stephen Biegun, was taken out of the mix when Pompeo suggested he might be better placed as Deputy Secretary of State to replace John Sullivan, who is widely expected to be nominated to be the next USA ambassador to Russian Federation, officials said. The PPJRA promoted the rule of law by training Afghan judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers and provided scholarships for young Afghan lawyers to study in the U.S. From 2008 through 2011, O'Brien was a presidentially-appointed member of the U.S. Cultural Property Advisory Committee, which advises the federal government on issues relating to the trafficking of antiquities and other cultural items. O'Brien was confirmed by the Senate.

He also was an adviser on the Republican presidential campaigns of former Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, former Governor Mitt Romney of MA and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Ted Cruz of Texas. O'Brien also coordinates with the interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell on the development and implementation of USA hostage recovery policy and strategy. He was eventually released and returned to the U.S.

"He understands the world for the unsafe place it is".


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