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 John R. Bolton

John Robert Bolton (born November 20, 1948) is an American lawyer and diplomat who has served in several Republican administrations. Bolton served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from August 2005 until December 2006 as a recess appointee by President George W. Bush. He resigned in December 2006, when the recess appointment would have otherwise ended, because he was unlikely to win confirmation from the Senate in which a newly elected Democratic Party majority would be taking control in January 2007.

Bolton is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), senior advisor for Freedom Capital Investment Management, a Fox News Channel commentator, and of counsel to the Washington, D.C. law firm Kirkland & Ellis. He was a foreign policy adviser to 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Bolton is also involved with a number of politically conservative think tanks and policy institutes, including the Institute of East-West Dynamics, the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the Council for National Policy (CNP) and the Gatestone Institute, where he serves as the organization Chairman.

Bolton has been labeled as a neoconservative, though he personally rejects the term. He has been a prominent participant in several neoconservative groups, like the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), and the Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf (CPSG).

‘I’m with the Bush-Cheney team, and I’m here to stop the vote’.”
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The larger question hanging over the upcoming North Korea summit--tentatively planned for late May or early June--is whether Pompeo continues to take point as he tangles with Trump's equally ambitious national security adviser, John Bolton, a notorious war hawk who has advocated for a ...

The White House on Thursday said National Security Adviser John Bolton and Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov agree that both nations want to have a better relationship, but cautioned that Bolton said such an improvement will only occur if Russia address "concerns" about interference in the ...
National Security Adviser John Bolton at a cabinet meeting at the White House, April 9, 2018. (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque). We've said our farewells to McMaster, Who all hoped would stave off disaster. We've now got in charge. A nutcase at large. The end of the world may come faster. Ad Policy.
Last week, John Bolton ascended to the office of National Security Advisor, following in the hurried footsteps of Michael Flynn and H.R. McMaster. Two peculiar characteristics set Bolton apart from most folks in D.C.: an unabashedly luxurious mustache and an unmatched penchant for unjustified ...

WASHINGTON -- Shortly after Ambassador John R. Bolton was sent to represent the United States at the United Nations, an institution he had long scorned as an anti-American citadel of corruption, he hosted President George W. Bush for a visit. "Are you having fun?" Mr. Bush asked. "It's a ... John Bolton
Pentagon officials are bracing themselves for increased friction between the Defense Department and the White House with John Bolton's pending arrival as President Trump Donald John TrumpTrump advisers urging tougher action toward Russia: report Eric Holder says he'll decide on a 2020 run by early ... John Bolton
The US defence secretary, James Mattis, greeted the incoming national security adviser, John Bolton, outside the Pentagon on Thursday. After shaking hands in front of reporters, Mattis said to Bolton: 'I've heard that you're actually the devil incarnate and I wanted to meet you.' Bolton, a military hawk, will ... John Bolton
Armed conflict between the US and Iran is becoming more probable by the day as super-hawks replace hawks in the Trump administration. The new National Security Adviser, John Bolton, has called for the US to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal of 2015 and advocated immediate regime change in ... John Bolton
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was caught making a funny remark to newly appointed national security advisor John Bolton while meeting him for the first time on Thursday. "I heard you're actually the devil incarnate and I wanted to meet you," Mattis said jokingly while walking up the steps of the Pentagon. John Bolton
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Who better to advise the bully-in-chief, Donald Trump, on when to make war and kill people than another bully? It's difficult, after all, to avoid the label — that of a bully — when thinking of John Bolton, the former Bush administration official-turned-Fox News pundit who Trump recently picked as his national ... John Bolton
Trevor Noah discussed John Bolton, the former UN ambassador who replaced HR McMaster as Trump's national security adviser last week. “Recently we saw another major personnel shakeup in the Trump administration,” Noah began. “HR McMaster is out, and he's been replaced by Geppetto cosplayer ... John Bolton
Since 2013, John Bolton has served as chairman of the Gatestone Institute, a far-right think tank that claims Muslims have established hundreds of “microstates governed by Islamic Sharia law” (a.k.a. “no-go zones”) throughout France; that Muslim refugees have brought “a rape epidemic” and “exotic ... John Bolton
Editor's note: Fred Wertheimer is the founder and president of Democracy 21, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to promote government accountability and integrity. Former Ambassador Norman L. Eisen, a CNN contributor, is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and served as President ... John Bolton
HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) - The last remnants of Libya's nuclear programme were loaded onto an aircraft in 2009 and shipped out of the country, part of a United States-brokered deal with dictator Muammar Qaddafi to disarm in return for sanctions relief. Two years later, Nato-backed rebels brutally ... John Bolton

“John Bolton has the desire to help the president succeed as the president has defined his goals, and that is something the president hasn't had to date in a national security adviser,” Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, a think tank, told The Daily Signal. McMaster had succeeded ... John Bolton
President Donald Trump's announcement on March 22 that John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will replace Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser has shaken the foreign policy world — a world that doesn't like to be surprised, much less caught off guard. John Bolton
John Bolton is in and H.R. McMaster is out as President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser. It's a long-rumored replacement that has America's nuclear experts freaking out. “This is a frighteningly reckless and dangerous choice,” Kingston Reif—the Director of Disarmament and Threat Reduction ... John Bolton
It's unnerving covering a president who is treated like a boy king, requiring minders; who is easily swayed because he is underinformed; who can sit still long enough only for short oral briefings; who swaggers and mocks to mask his insecurities; who tries to replace real news with faux; and who can't seem ... John Bolton
In 2003, when George W. Bush was president, the White House undertook a new effort to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program. It did so by working with four other countries—South Korea, China, Japan and Russia. These so-called six-party talks' were a yearslong, often frustrating ... John Bolton
In this pantheon of chickenhawking old guys with money and power, few hawk harder than John Bolton, the incoming national security adviser, whose appointment is freaking out even level-headed wonks with a high tolerance for overseas power projection. Bolton's politics gel with those of a lot of military ... John Bolton
John Bolton is an unusual pick for Trump's national security adviser. As a Bush administration alum, he, in as recently as 2016, said that he would “still overthrow Saddam Hussein” if he had known everything that he knows today. His sentiment betrays Pres. Donald Trump's condemnation of the Iraq War, ... John Bolton
While Kelly is hanging onto his job for now, McMaster has gotten the boot from President Donald Trump in favor of former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, who is a genuinely terrifying individual and one of the fiercest war hawks of our times. Whether it's Iran, North Korea, or Iraq, the military option is pretty ... John Bolton
Since joining the Trump administration after a four-decade-long military career, Secretary of Defense James Mattis will face one of his toughest challenges yet: John Bolton. Bolton, a former United Nations ambassador under President George W. Bush, will take over as President Donald Trump's national ... John Bolton
Over the past few days, many have tried to distill John Bolton's worldview, to get a sense of how he might shape the foreign policy of the Trump administration as he takes up the post of national-security adviser. His detractors have paid particularly close attention to his bellicose statements about North ... John Bolton
His new, hard-line choices for key posts — including John Bolton, above, as national security adviser and Mike Pompeo as secretary of state — have raised the threat of military confrontation if foreign adversaries do not meet U.S. demands. Meanwhile, women who said they had affairs with Mr. Trump are ... John Bolton
President Trump's appointment of firebrand John Bolton as National Security Advisor marks the definitive triumph of the “nationalists” over the “globalists” in his administration. At the heart of this dispute is how to define and advance American sovereignty. In Bolton, the president has selected the nation's ... John Bolton
In 1994, John Bolton said that if the United Nations Secretariat building in New York “lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.” The quote makes an appearance nearly every time Bolton's critics compile a hit parade of his alleged infamies. My question is: Why is the remark even controversial? John Bolton
News of John Bolton's appointment as national security adviser, displacing General H.R. McMaster, landed like a bomb in Foggy Bottom. Washington's usually staid diplomatic corps was already on edge following the shock expulsion of Rex Tillerson, soon to hand the State Department over to somewhat ... John Bolton
Since President Trump chose John Bolton as national-security adviser, the media has focused largely on Bolton's calls for war with North Korea and Iran. And for good reason. But there's another element of Bolton's record that's received less scrutiny but may also illuminate how he'll approach his new role, ... John Bolton
John R. Bolton, chosen by President Trump to be his new national security adviser, does not need the Senate's endorsement to succeed H. R. McMaster in the job. But in 2005, the extraordinary refusal to confirm his nomination to be President George W. Bush's ambassador to the United Nations by a ... John Bolton
(Want to get this briefing by email? Here's the sign-up.) Good evening. Here's the latest. Photo. Credit Erin Schaff for The New York Times. 1. More than 800 demonstrations against gun violence are planned on Saturday in the U.S. and around the world. The campaign, called the March for Our Lives, ... John Bolton
WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Thursday the swift substitution of his national security adviser: Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested, three-star Army general, is resigning and will be replaced by John R. Bolton, the former American ambassador to the United Nations. I am pleased to ... John Bolton
John Bolton, an ultra-hawkish conservative who rose to prominence in the George W Bush administration, will be the new National Security Adviser to President Donald Trump. A firm defender of American power and a confrontational advocate for wielding that strength abroad, Mr Bolton has never ...
If one wanted to make the case that U.S. policymakers have learned little from their biggest foreign-policy blunder of the past two decades, John Bolton's appointment would be Exhibit A. Bolton, set to take the job in April from current national security adviser H.R. McMaster after Trump tweeted the news on ...
John Bolton, President Donald Trump's pick to be his new national security adviser, has a long association with a group infamous for its role in publishing “fake news” and spreading hate about Muslims. Bolton wears many hats. He serves as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a contributor to ...
The good thing about John Bolton, President Trump's new national security adviser, is that he says what he thinks. The bad thing is what he thinks. There are few people more likely than Mr. Bolton is to lead the country into war. His selection is a decision that is as alarming as any Mr. Trump has made so far ...
News Brief: John Bolton's National Security Views, Chinese Tariffs, Gun Control March ... President Trump says John Bolton, noted for his hawkish views, will be his new national security adviser. Also, Trump announced new tariffs on Chinese imports and we preview a march for gun control. Facebook
Rewind to August 2002 and remarks made during talks between the North and South Koreans, when Bolton defended the expression and insisted "it was factually correct.'' This is from the New York Times report: "In a strongly worded speech, the official, John R. Bolton, the under secretary of state for arms ...
Remember that jargon—and President Donald Trump's long-standing love of professional wrestling—when trying to understand the seemingly bizarre appointment of John Bolton as the third national security adviser of the Trump administration, replacing Lieutenant-General H.R. McMaster, a hard-charging ...
John Bolton is replacing H.R. McMaster as national security adviser. He's a veteran of multiple Republican administrations and is known for his hawkish foreign policy views. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email. Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast. Listen on NPR One · Apple Podcasts · Google Play Music ...
Less than an hour after President Trump named John R. Bolton as his new national security adviser on Thursday, Mr. Bolton made an appearance in the venue where many Americans, including Mr. Trump, have come to know him over the past decade: Fox News. “I think I still am a Fox News contributor,” ...
President Trump's national security adviser is stepping down. Trump tweeted that Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster will be replaced by former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith is with us now to talk through this latest development. Hey, Tam.
President Trump said on Thursday that he had picked John R. Bolton, a Fox News analyst and a former ambassador to the United Nations, as his next national security adviser, choosing a longtime brash, conservative hawk to help shape his foreign policy operation. Mr. Bolton, 69, has been in the public ...
President Trump announced on Twitter on Mar. 22 that former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton would be his new National Security Adviser. Trump tweeted that Bolton would be instated on April 9: I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security ...
(CNN) -- National security adviser H.R. McMaster has agreed to resign and will be replaced by former US ambassador and Fox News analyst John Bolton, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Thursday. "I pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National ...
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton has been chosen by President Trump as his next national security adviser. Alex Brandon / AP. President Trump has chosen John Bolton, a hawk on North Korea and Iran, to be his next national security adviser. The appointment comes just as ...
Updated at 6:50 p.m. ET. Incoming White House national security adviser John Bolton recorded a video used by the Russian gun rights group The Right to Bear Arms in 2013 to encourage the Russian government to loosen gun laws. The episode, which has not been previously reported, illustrates the ...


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