September 21, 2019

Bolton replacement inherits tough challenges — including Trump

Featuring Richard Fontaine

Source: The Hill

Journalist Morgan Chalfant

Like his predecessor, President Trump’s new national security adviser is known for advocating for a robust American presence abroad, but Robert O’Brien’s allies predict he will take a less confrontational approach to the role.

O’Brien, who until Wednesday was serving as the State Department’s top hostage negotiator, has been thrust into a decidedly more high-profile job that comes with many challenges — chief among them adjusting to Trump’s unconventional management style and finding a way to influence the president in a way that doesn’t alienate him.

Some who know O’Brien say he and John Bolton, the president’s last national security adviser, share many of the same hawkish views on foreign policy. But O’Brien is expected to take a low-key approach in comparison to Bolton, who was ousted abruptly on Sept. 10 after disagreements with Trump that often broke out into the public eye.

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  • Richard Fontaine

    Chief Executive Officer

    Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He served as President of CNAS from 2012-19 and as Senior Fellow from 2009-12...