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OpinionWhat to make of Trump's new national security adviser

09:15  19 september  2019
09:15  19 september  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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President Donald Trump named Robert O'Brien as his national security advisor on Wednesday, eight days after the abrupt departure of John Bolton. O'Brien, a State Department official, will become Trump ' s fourth national security advisor

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Three factors suggest President Trump has chosen well in selecting Robert O'Brien to replace John Bolton as national security adviser — with one caveat.

On the positive side, as shown by Trump's warm announcement of his selection on Twitter, O'Brien retains Trump's trust. This is the most crucial ingredient to working effectively with Trump. Ivanka Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and CIA Director Gina Haspel have mastered this trust-effect calculation. They are able to give Trump honest assessments, even when those assessments conflict with Trump's impulses. But they are able to do so because they don't undercut the president in public or private, and because they know when to shut up.

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Second, O'Brien is a civilian with a strong background in foreign policy. As the president's special envoy for hostage affairs, O'Brien has 16 months experience managing high-level and shadowy negotiations. While the media is obsessing over O'Brien's role in securing rapper A$AP Rocky's release from a Swedish prison earlier this year, it is likely O'Brien's close engagement with Pyongyang and Tehran that attracted Trump most to him. There's a stark contrast here between O'Brien's deal-with-difficult-nations mentality and John Bolton's deep skepticism at Trump's outside-the-box negotiating style.

O'Brien also recognizes the importance of American leadership matched to effective alliances. His 2016 book, While America Slept, speaks to these themes. That's a good thing. While Trump is absolutely right to push NATO allies hard on their failure to even approach defense expenditures close to U.S. spending as a percentage of GDP, we need allies to deal with major international challenges, especially China.

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Trump dismissed John Bolton as national security adviser last Tuesday, and O'Brien will take over amid a crisis with Iran. O'Brien will be Trump ' s fourth national security adviser , assuming a top role in a chaotic White House typified by high rates of turnover.

US President Donald Trump has named his pointman for hostage situations, Robert O'Brien, as his latest national security advisor , replacing the man he sacked just as relations with Iran are entering a new crisis point. "I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!".

Yet O'Brien does have one scratch against his name: his increasing enjoyment of the limelight. I'm reliably informed that O'Brien sometimes strayed out of the hostage negotiating area and made ill-advised remarks on some sensitive issues. While O'Brien's focus is now necessarily much broader, he'll quickly find himself out of favor if he says things that undercut Trump's stated position or policy priorities. This, admittedly, is a difficult balancing act with a president as prone to opinion changes as Trump, but it is a necessity.

All in all, however, O'Brien is a good choice for national security adviser.

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