President Donald Trump named Robert C. O’Brien as national security adviser on Wednesday even though his worldview is similar to that of former National Security Adviser John Bolton.
“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,” the president announced in a tweet.
O'Brien's appointment comes a week after the firing of Bolton, who was known to clash with Trump because of his hawkish foreign policy positions.
Curt Mills, a writer for The American Conservative, reported that O'Brien shares a similar ideology with Bolton. O'Brien was described as "Bolton light" by a source close to him. In his book, “While America Slept,” O'Brien reportedly argues for the restoration of U.S. foreign involvement.
Franz-Stefan Gady, senior fellow at the EastWest Institute, pointed out some of the relevant passages in O'Brien's book.
1.) O' Brien is not a fan of the #Iran Deal. https://t.co/p03fRaZUah— Franz-Stefan Gady (@Franz-Stefan Gady) 1568815848.0
2.) O'Brien is a big fan of Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, and #JohnBolton, but not so much of the 'media elite' which h… https://t.co/wz9eIi19kW— Franz-Stefan Gady (@Franz-Stefan Gady) 1568815850.0
3.) O'Brien is also not a fan of political correctness. https://t.co/QekktUCO6y— Franz-Stefan Gady (@Franz-Stefan Gady) 1568815852.0
4.) O'Brien is a fan of the @US Air Force's B-21 stealth bomber and concerned over Chinese and Russian A2/AD capabi… https://t.co/aiTt4mrwKa— Franz-Stefan Gady (@Franz-Stefan Gady) 1568815853.0
5.) O'Brien is a big fan of the US being a "moral authority" but not the policeman of the entire world.(Side note:… https://t.co/MInJBiVMr1— Franz-Stefan Gady (@Franz-Stefan Gady) 1568815855.0
6.) O'Brien is a big fan of #NATO, as long the Europeans pay their dues. He also wants to found a new "global freed… https://t.co/q4WO7L0tT4— Franz-Stefan Gady (@Franz-Stefan Gady) 1568815856.0