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Report: Bolton Expected to 'Clean House' at NSC

Report: Bolton Expected to 'Clean House' at NSC
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By    |   Friday, 23 March 2018 11:01 PM

John Bolton is expected to "launch a massive shake-up" when he takes over next month at the National Security Council to clear out leaks, Foreign Policy magazine reported Friday.

"Bolton can and will clean house," one former White House official told the magazine.

A second former White House official was more blunt: "Everyone who was there during Obama years should start packing their s**t."

And another source said that Bolton "is going to remove almost all the political [appointees] McMaster brought in."

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that Bolton, 69, the former United Nations ambassador, would succeed National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on April 9.

McMaster, 55, a three-star Army lieutenant colonel who is on active duty, said he would retire and "leave public service" in the summer.

Foreign Policy cited "sources" in its report, saying that Bolton and his staffers would be targeting "officials believed to have been disloyal to President Donald Trump, those who have leaked about the president to the media, his predecessor's team, and those who came in under [President Barack] Obama."

Within hours after being named to the post by Trump, Bolton held a conference call with longtime advisers, Foreign Policy reported.

They included Matthew Freedman, a longtime Republican consultant who advised Bolton at the State Department and the United Nations.

"Freedman is a very political guy that Bolton likes," a GOP source told Foreign Policy. "He is overly ambitious about cleaning house."

Freedman, who apparently is helping manage Bolton's transition to the NSC, told the magazine that he was not aware of the call.

"I can tell you there is no list," he said.

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