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New National Security Adviser O'Brien Gets High Marks, Strengthens Pompeo

New National Security Adviser O'Brien Gets High Marks, Strengthens Pompeo

Thursday, 19 September 2019 12:26 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump named Robert C. O’Brien to be his fourth National Security Advisor, the Los Angeles attorney and top U.S. hostage negotiator received high praise from the U.S. foreign policy community.

At the same time, sources in the administration agreed that the tapping of O’Brien — the highest-placed Mormon named to any position by Trump — strengthens the hand of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as US czar of foreign policy.

Pompeo reportedly backed O’Brien over four other candidates to succeed John Bolton. This means that all of the key administration officials involved in foreign policy and national security are close to Pompeo — O’Brien, CIA Director Gina Haspel (Pompeo’s deputy when he ran the CIA), and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (a classmate of Pompeo’s at West Point).

Daniel Runde, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, reviewed O’Brien’s book for foreign policy and featured him in his 2017 podcast “Building the Future.”

“Robert O’Brien is a great choice for National Security Adviser,” Runde said flatly, “Mr. O’Brien is a great lawyer and his client is President Trump.  As the national security adviser and not the national security decider, Mr. O’Brien will bring together options and make sure the president hears from all sides. Mr. O’Brien is smart and fair and will run the NSC in the fair and effective way that Steve Hadley did for President Bush 43.”

“From his writings and experiences, O’Brien seems to have a strong sense of America’s growing global challenges and its unique role in ensuring global peace and security,” Lawrence Haas, former communications director for Vice President Al Gore and Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, told Newsmax.

O’Brien, Haas told us, “believes in American exceptionalism, a strong defense, and the nation’s global alliances.  The question, really, is how much President Trump shares those beliefs and, as a result, will listen to him.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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