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Robert O'Brien, May 2018

US President Donald Trump named Robert O’Brien to be the next National Security Adviser, succeeded John Bolton, who was dismissed from the post this past week.

O’Brien, who is an attorney, is currently employed as America’s special envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department.


“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 Adviser. I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!” Trump said in appointing the new NSA.

According to NPR O’Brien has been described by Patrick Cronin, the Asia-Pacific Security Chair for the Hudson Institute as having a “razor-sharp mind and a diplomatic demeanor.” He now becomes Trump’s fourth person in the post in less than three years.

US Senator Lindsey Graham praised the appointment, pointing out that O’Brien served in Afghanistan and is a “seasoned national security professional who will provide steady leadership to the interagency process.”

The appointment does not require Senate confirmation.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.