Robert O'Brien, Trump's new national security adviser, seen as an arbiter rather than a confrontationalist

World / Politics | ANALYSIS Sep 19, 2019

Robert O'Brien, Trump's new national security adviser, seen as an arbiter rather than a confrontationalist

by Nick Wadhams, Jennifer Jacobs and Justin Sink

Donald Trump's selection of top hostage-affairs official Robert O'Brien as his new national security adviser sends a clear signal the president is seeking to turn the page from the confrontation and controversy that defined John Bolton's tenure in the job. Bolton regularly picked ideological fights ...

Now more than ever, Mike Pompeo leading Trump's foreign policy

World / Politics Sep 14, 2019

Now more than ever, Mike Pompeo leading Trump's foreign policy

Speaking at the White House after John Bolton's surprise exit as national security adviser, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo couldn't hide a smile of satisfaction. With the departure of Bolton, Pompeo has become the undisputed king of President Donald Trump's foreign policy — with ...

Editorials Sep 13, 2019

John Bolton, the hawk, takes flight

Japan must be ready for more aggressive U.S. attempts to strike a deal with North Korea before the November 2020 ballot, and be prepared for an even more ad hoc decision-making process in Washington.

With John Bolton out, Trump can now go soft on Iran

World / Politics Sep 11, 2019

With John Bolton out, Trump can now go soft on Iran

by Eli Lake

President Donald Trump's decision to part ways with his national security adviser, John Bolton, was overdetermined. They disagreed on Afghanistan. They differed on North Korea. There was tension between them over Venezuela. They couldn't even agree on whether Bolton quit or was fired. Their most ...