U.S. President Donald Trump shook up his foreign policy team again on Thursday, replacing H.R. McMaster as national security adviser with John Bolton, a hawk who has advocated using military force against North Korea and Iran.
The move, announced in a tweet and a White House statement, came little more than a week after Trump fired Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and nominated Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, as reported by Reuters.
The shake-up shows Trump, in office for 14 months, surrounding himself with advisers more likely to agree with his views and taking his foreign policy in a more hawkish direction.
Read alsoEx-CIA chief: Russians may have something incriminating on TrumpThe news of Bolton's appointment followed a meeting he had with Trump in the Oval Office. Even Bolton was caught by surprise. "I didn't really expect an announcement this afternoon, but it's obviously a great honor," he told Fox News after the announcement. "I'm still getting used to it."
Read alsoTrump sacks Tillerson who earlier spoke of Russia's complicity in spy poisoning in BritainBolton, 69, is a Fox News analyst who contemplated a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. He is a familiar figure in Washington, with a walrus-like moustache and hard-charging views on many global challenges.