“I’ve labored lengthy & exhausting with Robert. He’ll do an amazing job!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
In his present position, O’Brien “leads the U.S. authorities’s diplomatic efforts on abroad hostage-related issues,” in keeping with his biography on the State Division’s web site.
O’Brien was concerned within the launch of US.. rapper ASAP Rocky by Swedish authorities in August, after the musician had been detained in reference to a road brawl in Stockholm.
The particular envoy was within the courtroom throughout the trial, which stirred diplomatic tensions as Trump demanded the rapper’s launch.
O’Brien beforehand co-chaired the State Division’s justice reform initiative in Afghanistan, in addition to suggested the federal government on the trafficking of antiquities, in keeping with his biography.
He labored with Bolton on the United Nations beneath President George W. Bush, who appointed him in 2005.
O’Brien takes over as Trump’s fourth nationwide safety adviser, following the departures of Bolton, Michael Flynn and HR McMaster.
Trump mentioned final week that he had requested Bolton to resign, citing robust variations of opinion together with his hawkish assistant within the newest shake-up of an already turbulent White Home.
Bolton’s ouster got here as a shock, with the White Home placing out an advisory simply an hour earlier than Trump’s announcement, saying that Bolton could be collaborating in a media briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Bolton additionally continued to publish administration coverage on social media proper up till Trump’s announcement.
Nevertheless, Trump had beforehand hinted at his disagreements with Bolton on international coverage, and observers had recurrently famous that the 2 made an odd couple, with the president extra isolationist and the nationwide safety adviser an interventionist.
Bolton seemed to be waging quite a few battles throughout the White Home, most lately over Afghanistan and North Korea, that appeared at odds with the president’s needs.
He was additionally behind the hard-line method to international locations resembling Iran and Venezuela.
Bolton’s deputy, Charlie Kupperman, stepped into the position till the appointment of a brand new safety adviser. (dpa/NAN)