President Donald Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser, John Bolton, has big plans to “clean house” at the National Security Council.
“Bolton can and will clean house,” a former White House official said. Another official added a warning to former Obama officials — “Everyone who was there during Obama years should start packing their shit.”
However, the purge reportedly won’t stop with former Obama appointees, as a source said that Bolton intends to “remove almost all the political [appointees] McMaster brought in.”
Another source said that Matthew Freedman, a Republican consultant and Bolton adviser who is helping to manage the transition, is “overly ambitious about cleaning house.” However, Freedman himself told reporters that there was currently “no list” of people to fire.
This comes after South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham backed Bolton as a national security adviser, arguing that he is the right wingman for President Trump when he meets with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un.
“So when President Trump meets Kim Jong-un, his national security adviser will be with him,” Graham told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “And the North Koreans know, without a doubt, that John Bolton sees their nuclear program as a threat to the United States and will strongly advise the president to use military force if he has to, which means it’s less likely we will.”
“John Bolton sees North Korea for the threat they are,” Graham added.
Trump just ordered around $60 billion in tariffs levied on Chinese imports, following an investigation into intellectual property theft.
“The president ran a campaign that China treats,” Graham said. “I don’t blame them. I blame us. So you cannot be surprised that Donald Trump would do what he said he would do. And from my point of view, it’s welcome news.”
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