Trump Names Robert C. O’Brien As New National Security Adviser

September 18, 2019by Chris Megerian
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JULY 30: Robert C O'Brien, Special Envoy Ambassador is seen arriving during the first day of the A$AP Rocky assault trial at the Stockholm city courthouse on July 30, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden.(Michael Campanella/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Robert O’Brien, the special envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department, will be his next national security adviser.

O’Brien will be the fourth person to serve in the position under Trump. He replaces John Bolton, the hard-liner who held the position for more than a year before being ousted last week.

“I have worked long & hard with Robert,” Trump tweeted. “He will do a great job!”

The position does not require Senate confirmation. O’Brien will assume the job at a moment when foreign policy challenges are mounting for Trump, most recently the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities that has been blamed on Iran.

Trump also announced Wednesday that he directed Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin to escalate sanctions on Iran.

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