Monday, 21 October, 2019

Trump picks hostage negotiator O'Brien for top security job

Donald Trump fires National Security Advisor John Bolton White House declines to rule out Trump-Iran meeting and US military response after drone attacks on Saudi oil field
Patty Aguilar | 19 September, 2019, 15:25

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that his special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, Robert C. O'Brien will take on the role of national security advisor.

Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and other USA officials will be visiting Saudi Arabia to hold talks in the aftermath of the attacks.

CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen said there have been more than 200 drone and missile attacks launched by Houthi rebels from Yemen into Saudi Arabia, and none have been as effective as Saturday's attack, lending credence to the belief that the attack did not originate from Yemen.

However, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that Trump had made clear "he would sit down with Rouhani with no condition", and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters days earlier that "the president has made clear he is happy to take a meeting with no preconditions".

The US government "remains committed to ensuring global oil markets are stable and well supplied", the spokesman said.

Mr Gravel made the shocking claim during a discussion with RT Questionmore host Afshin Rattansi, who asked: "You have called firing Mr Bolton wonderful news for a safer world".

Bolton parted ways with Trump a little more than a week ago, his stormy ending coming shortly after he disagreed with the prospect of the president easing some sanctions on Iran, a person close to Bolton said.

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Trump posted on Twitter he informed Bolton the night before that his services were no longer needed, but Bolton was quick to post on Twitter and to send several TV reporters messages he had already quit, so Trump could not have fired him.

The national security advisor offers information to the president on defense, diplomatic, and security problems.

Trump has solicited recommendations on the selection from advisers and friends, but officials said he would likely rely principally on advice from Pompeo. "We do not see any signals of veracity [to hold talks] from the United States".

"We had announced earlier that if the USA stops economic terrorism and returns to the nuclear deal, then they may sit at a corner and be present within the framework of the nuclear deal member states", he added. "But the fact is, Iran is under a maximum pressure campaign by this president because of its decades' worth of malign behavior".

US Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House intelligence committee, said he had not yet been briefed on whether the Saudi attack was directly attributable to Iran.

Any military confrontation between the United States and Iran could disrupt global oil supplies and spark fuel shortages in Australia.

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