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Trump’s new national security adviser is Robert C. O’Brien



President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced Robert C. O’Brien, his top hostage negotiator, will be the administration’s new national security adviser.

Trump announced the news in a tweet: “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 Advisor. I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!”

O’Brien made headlines over the summer after Trump sent him to Sweden amid rapper A$AP Rocky’s trial for assault charges. It was an unusual assignment given a diplomats like O’Brien typically handle hostage situations in war-torn countries, and he was asked to go to Sweden to monitor a rapper’s assault trial and put pressure on the Swedish government.

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Trump dismissed John Bolton as national security adviser last Tuesday, and O’Brien will take over amid a crisis with Iran as well as stalled diplomatic talks with North Korea over its nuclear program.

Bolton did not depart on happy terms with the president. In announcing Bolton’s dismissal, Trump cited a slew of disagreements between the two of them and others in the administration. His ousting came just several days after Trump announced he’d canceled a secret meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David, which Bolton reportedly objected to. Trump also said he was halting all peace talks with the Taliban, as the war in Afghanistan rages on.

O’Brien will be Trump’s fourth national security adviser, assuming a top role in a chaotic White House typified by high rates of turnover.

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