National Security Team Bolting Under Bolton?

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Posted: Apr 12, 2018 12:00 PM
National Security Team Bolting Under Bolton?

Two more advisors on Trump's national security team have resigned in the past 24 hours. The common denominator, as noted by many media outlets, is newly appointed national security advisor John Bolton. Bolton is replacing Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who reportedly clashed with President Trump on foreign policy.

NSC spokesman Michael Anton announced his plans to leave a day before Bolton assumed his post. Earlier this week, a day after Bolton took over, homeland security adviser Tom Bossert resigned. On Wednesday, National Security Council deputy Nadia Schadlow said goodbye. Today, Deputy National Security Adviser Rick Waddell has handed in his own notice.

Waddell played an "integral role" in the White House, The Washington Post reports.

Reports suggest these resignations were Bolton's own doing, wanting to form his own team.

Bolton has been criticized as a war hawk who opts to drops bombs before considering more diplomatic avenues. He is "itching for war," critics suggest. Some call him a "national security threat."