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17:05  18 september  2019
17:05  18 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Trump names hostage negotiator as national security adviser © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, Robert O'Brien, U.S. Special Envoy Ambassador, arrives at the district court where U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky is to appear on charges of assault, in Stockholm, Sweden. President Donald Trump says he plans to name O'Brien to be his new national security adviser. (Erik Simander/TT via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he's naming hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien as his new national security adviser.

Trump tweeted the announcement from California, while on the third and final day of a West Coast fundraising swing.

"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," Trump said. "I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!" Trump names hostage negotiator as national security adviser © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, former U.S. hostage in Yemen, Danny Burch, left, listens as President Donald Trump speaks, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, next to Vice President Mike Pence, and Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Robert O'Brien. At back, to the right of Trump, is then-national security adviser John Bolton. President Donald Trump says he plans to name O'Brien to be his new national security adviser. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he will name hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien as the new White House national security adviser . O'Brien, who currently serves as the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department, has a long history in Republican

President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he will nominate U.S. hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien to replace John Bolton as his national security adviser . “I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy

The announcement of O'Brien's selection comes a week after the Republican president ousted John Bolton from the national security adviser's post, citing policy disagreements. Bolton was Trump's third national security adviser. O'Brien was among five job candidates Trump said Tuesday were under consideration.

As the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department, O'Brien worked closely with the families of American hostages and advised administration officials on hostage issues. He previously helped lead the department's public-private partnership for justice reform in Afghanistan during the Bush and Obama administrations.

From 2008 through 2011, O'Brien was a presidentially appointed member of a government committee that advises on issues related to the trafficking of antiquities and other cultural items. In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated O'Brien to be U.S. Representative to the U.N. General Assembly, where he worked with Bolton. O'Brien was confirmed by the Senate.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump has narrowed his list of candidates to replace John Bolton as national security adviser to five names , he said ■ US hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien; ■ Army Major General Ricky Waddell, the assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who also has

President Trump has named his pick to succeed John Bolton as the next National Security Advisor amid burgeoning tensions with Iran over a weekend attack in Saudi Arabia. Ambassador Robert C. O’Brien serves as the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Trump names hostage negotiator as national security adviser © Provided by The Associated Press President Donald Trump arrives at Los Angeles International Airport to attend a fundraiser, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

He also was an adviser on the Republican presidential campaigns of former Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Earlier in his career, O'Brien was a senior legal officer for the U.N. Security Council commission that decided claims against Iraq that arose from the Gulf War. He was a major in the U.S. Army Reserve.

O'Brien has a law degree from the University of California-Berkeley and co-founded a law firm in Los Angeles focused on litigation and international arbitration issues.

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