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Security Brief: Security Brief Plus: Trump Eyes Pompeo for Bolton’s Job Security Brief Plus: Trump Eyes Pomp...
What’s on tap: Trump considers a replacement for Bolton, the CIA may have lost a highly placed Russian spy, and Israel was responsible for a high-tech spy operation around the White House.
The competition. With National Security Advisor John Bolton unceremoniously dismissed, President Donald Trump is on the lookout for a top foreign-policy aide–his fourth in just three years. While there are no breakout candidates so far, a diverse field is emerging, from the widely known Stephen Biegun, Trump’s envoy to North Korea, to dark horses such as Robert O’Brien, ambassador and special presidential envoy for hostage affairs. Lara Seligman, Elias Groll and Robbie Gramer have the comprehensive list of the names on Trump is considering.
Pompeo dual-hatted? While there is no shortage of outside contenders, Trump is reportedly weighing tapping one of his most loyal lieutenants, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for the post. In this scenario, Pompeo would absorb the national security advisor role and do both jobs, according to CNN. There is historical precedent for this–Henry Kissinger served in both positions from 1973 to 1975.
For now though, Pompeo is keeping a low profile. With Bolton out and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper still new in the job, Pompeo is Trump’s senior foreign policy adviser. And he has a backup plan if things don’t work out: he has reportedly considered a Kansas Senate campaign next year.
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