Incoming National Security Adviser John Bolton is ready to kick out the Obama holdovers and those hired under the current NSA H.R. McMaster or so goes the rumors.
As you may recall, when McMaster became the head of the NSA, he fired most of the Trump loyalists that former NSA head Michael Flynn hired.
Those individuals seemed to be the best people to succeed in “draining the swamp” for President Donald Trump but they clashed with career Obama holdovers. So, McMaster gave them the boot.
Well, “turn about is fair play” as they say.
Sources familiar with Trump’s National Security Council and Bolton, believe “everyone who was there during Obama years should start packing their sh*t” once Bolton comes on board.
It’s about time!
Who will be the first to go?
Those who have been disloyal to Trump, leaked information about what goes on in the White House to the mainstream media and those who were originally hired by Obama seem to top the list.
It is being reported that Trump has directed Bolton to find and stop the leaks. In the process of doing so, Bolton, it is assumed will start weeding out those from the top down to the lower levels and bring in his own people.
A former official who worked with Bolton said:
“Bolton is in a position right now of figuring out how do I stop the leaks if I’m using the same people, its not that he wants to clean house,” he explained, adding that the only way to effectively ensure the only way to do that is to bring in his own people.
The former official said he believes Bolton will “start at the top” of the NSC staff but warned that he won’t stop there if need be.
“He’s going to keep digging down lower levels until he’s certain the leaks have stopped.”
According to the source, Nadia Schadlow, deputy national security adviser under McMaster, will surely be gone when Bolton replaces McMaster.
It is also being discussed by another official that Bolton will purge McMaster’s deputy, Ricky Waddell.
But will Bolton really make these changes or will he keep individuals on who are contrary to Trump’s policies despite what many feel is needed?
A source close to Bolton anticipates that any staffing changes will take time due to the need to process security clearances.
In fact, it is very possible that Bolton will still have the current staff for the May summit meeting between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un assuming the meeting actually takes place.
My estimation is that Bolton will make changes to staff as quickly as possible because he and Trump may be of the same belief that but for the Obama holdovers there would not be leaks coming from the NSA.
What is clear is that for the most part, Trump and Bolton are on the same page and that can only be good for the morale and future accomplishments of the department.
There are those, however, who believe that Trump’s trust in Bolton could cause a rift between Chief of Staff John Kelly and Trump.
There have been rumors circulating for a while now that Kelly would be replaced by White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. The White House and Mulvaney have denied that the rumors are true.
However, the same rumors circulated and were denied about former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s firing and even about McMaster’s departure.
Only time will tell in the Trump administration.
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