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Trump names State Dept official Robert O’Brien as national security advisor, replacing John Bolton

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – AUGUST 02: Robert C. OBrien, special envoy sent by Donald Trump, returns to the courthouse after the lunch break on the third day of the A$AP Rocky assault trial at the Stockholm city courthouse on August 2, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. American rapper A$AP Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, along with Dave Rispers and Bladimir Corniel are on trial for assault after an alleged confrontation with a man in Stockholm in June. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he has tapped Robert O’Brien to become his next national security advisor, replacing John Bolton.

“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!,” Trump tweeted.

The post, which does not require Senate confirmation, comes with a staff of several hundred specialists from the Pentagon, State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies.

O’Brien will become the fourth national security advisor to serve Trump, following the departures of three-star Army generals Michael Flynn and H.R. McMaster and John Bolton.

Bolton, who was named national security advisor to succeed H.R. McMaster in March 2018, was known for his fiery approach to foreign policy, which included calls for a pre-emptive strike on Iran.

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