Trump picks Robert O’Brien, U.S. hostage negotiator, as national security adviser

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump stated Wednesday he’s naming hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien as his new nationwide safety adviser.

Trump tweeted the announcement from California, whilst at the 3rd and ultimate day of a West Coast fundraising swing.

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“I’m happy to announce that I can identify Robert C. O’Brien, lately serving because the very a hit Particular Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs on the State Division, as our new Nationwide Safety Consultant,” Trump stated. “I’ve labored lengthy & laborious with Robert. He’s going to do an excellent task!”

The announcement of O’Brien’s variety comes per week after the Republican president ousted John Bolton from the nationwide safety adviser’s publish, mentioning coverage disagreements. Bolton was once Trump’s 3rd nationwide safety adviser. O’Brien was once amongst 5 task applicants Trump stated Tuesday had been into consideration.

Because the particular presidential envoy for hostage affairs on the State Division, O’Brien labored carefully with the households of American hostages and instructed management officers on hostage problems. He in the past helped lead the dept’s public-private partnership for justice reform in Afghanistan right through the Bush and Obama administrations.

From 2008 thru 2011, O’Brien was once a presidentially appointed member of a central authority committee that advises on problems associated with the trafficking of antiquities and different cultural pieces. In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated O’Brien to be U.S. Consultant to the U.N. Normal Meeting, the place he labored with Bolton. O’Brien was once showed through the Senate.

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He additionally was once an adviser at the Republican presidential campaigns of former Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Previous in his occupation, O’Brien was once a senior criminal officer for the U.N. Safety Council fee that determined claims towards Iraq that arose from the Gulf Warfare. He was once a big within the U.S. Military Reserve.

O’Brien has a legislation stage from the College of California-Berkeley and co-founded a legislation company in Los Angeles inquisitive about litigation and global arbitration problems.

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