] Appointed as he approaches historic negotiations with North Korea and is approaching a crucial deadline for the future of Iran's nuclear deal, including former US ambassador to the UN is a great slayer.
"I am pleased to announce that effective April 9, 2018, John Bolton will be my new national security advisor," tweeted Trump announcing, with the departure of HR McMaster, a new change in size in his team after a cascade of sackings and resignations in recent months.
Known for his mustache, his taste for provocation and his sometimes abrasive style, John Bolton, 69, was one of the most leaders of "hawks" at s George W. Bush and his Ambassador to the United Nations
A strong advocate of the use of force on the international scene, he does not agree with the 70-year-old president on all issues: he is especially a tireless defender of the war in Iraq that Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized in the field.
"I was not expecting this announcement this afternoon but it is obviously a great honor" , he reacted, on Fox News, shortly after his appointment.
One who has sometimes been criticized, especially at the United Nations, for his lack of diplomacy, does he intend to change his style when he arrives at the White House?
"I have my opinions and I will have the opportunity to present them to the President," he replied, defending the need for the White House tenant to have "a free exchange of ideas "with his various advisers.
Unlike the Secretary of State or the Secretary at Defense, the leader of the famous NSC (National Security Council) does not need to be confirmed by a Senate vote to take office.
"Courage, Jim Mattis"
Welcoming "extraordinary work" HR McMaster, Mr. Trump assured that he would always remain his "friend."
For several weeks, HR McMaster, three-star general, had seen his position weakened by the lack of obvious support of the American president and rumors on its possible dismissal.
This announcement comes ten days after the brutal dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who will be replaced by current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, also a hard-line Republican on North Korea or Iran
The appointment of Mr. Bolton, the third to occupy this position since the arrival of Mr. Trump in power, has elicited mixed reactions.
Republican elected Lee Zeldin, Donald Trump's faithful, described a man "extraordinarily qualified" for the position. "There will be no more leaks at the NSC, those who remained from the Obama era will leave and the team will redouble their efforts," he said.
"With the appointment of John Bolton , Trump's foreign policy team will be the most conservative and ideological and the least pragmatic of recent memory, "said Aaron David Miller, a veteran diplomat who worked in Republican-style Democratic administrations.
" Courage, Jim Mattis ", he added in reference to the Pentagon leader seen by many analysts as the last voice of moderation within the Trump team, particularly on North Korea and Iran.
Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) research center, expressed his doubts about the ability of the former ambassador to slip into the dress of influential advisor to the leader of the world's leading power.
"A national security advisor must be an i honest intermediary who ensures that the president can examine all points of view. Then he is an advisor with his points of view (…) The question is whether John Bolton has the character and judgment for this position. "
HR McMaster, who left the Pentagon in February 2017 to replace at short notice Michael Flynn, forced to resign because of his contacts with Russian officials during the election campaign, will leave public life.
"After 34 years in the service of our country, I will retiring from the army as of this summer, "he said, in a brief statement.