September 18, 2019

Trump Taps Hostage Negotiator O'Brien for National Security Adviser

Featuring Ilan Goldenberg

Source: Haaretz

Journalist Amir Tibon

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Wednesday on Twitter that Robert C. O’Brien will be the successor to John Bolton as national security adviser.

Trump wrote, "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!"

Unlike his predecessor, who spent a decade as a political activist and commentator before joining the Trump administration in 2018, O’Brien spent the past year working in a position that comes with a low media profile. Trump chose Bolton for the job of National Security Adviser mainly because of his bombastic television appearances, in which Bolton promoted hawkish, right-wing views regarding the Middle East and South America.

Read the full story and more in Haaretz.


  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is the former Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expe...