Trump’s Plan to Remove McMaster Wasn’t True – Until it was

Bolton replacing McMaster as Trump national security adviser
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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he will replace national security adviser H.R. McMaster with the former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk entering a White House facing key decisions on Iran and North Korea.

“Just spoke to @POTUS and Gen. H.R. McMaster — contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted a week ago.

After weeks of speculation about McMaster’s future, Trump and the respected three-star general put a positive face on the departure Thursday, making no reference to the growing public friction between them.

Trump tweeted that McMaster had done “an outstanding job & will always remain my friend.”

He said Bolton will take over April 9 as his third national security adviser in just over a year.

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