STATESIDE STORIES: TRUMP Names New Security Advisor and Eyes Homeless Crisis

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President Donald J. Trump, joined by newly named White House National Security Advisor Robert C.
O’Brien, speaks with reporters Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, prior to boarding Air Force One
at Los Angeles International Airport for his flight to San Diego, California.


by Mary Foran

US President Donald Trump has said that he will tend to the homeless crisis in California, from which he has just tapped his new Security Advisor, Robert C. O’Brien.

John Bolton and Pres. Trump speaking on the phone with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi while visiting US troops in Iraq, 26 December 2018

Born in Los Angeles, California, O’Brien replaces John Bolton, who was recently ousted yet who still has quite a following among conservatives.

O’Brien graduated with a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and co-founded Larson O’Brien, LLP, a law firm in Los Angeles. O’Brien has advised three presidential campaigns on foreign policy and served in various State Department roles during the Bush Administration.

O’Brien was in the headlines earlier this summer when Trump sent him to Sweden to monitor the trial on assault charges of the rapper A$AP Rocky after a brawl in Stockholm. O’Brien’s task now is the escalating crisis with Iran and its attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry.

The National Security Advisor works directly for the President, leading the NSC staff that researches military and diplomatic options. Working with Cabinet-level officials such as the defense, state and treasury secretaries, O’Brien will be expected to present the President with the best policy recommendations.

O’Brien with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2007

The Washington Post reported that O’Brien is perceived as a “team player” with an “affable demeanor”, contrasting with Bolton’s more “hard-edged” approach. O’Brien, however, worked with Bolton’s team during the Bush Administration and they worked together at the 60th Session of the US General Assembly in 2005.

O’Brien is the fourth National Security Advisor who Trump has named during his Administration.

Although the turnover rate in this government is quite high as far as that goes, perhaps finding the right match for the job is the best in the end.


Featured image/White House photo by Shealah Craighead, PD

Bolton and Pres. Trump/White House photo by Shealah Craighead, PD
O’Brien and Rice/Department of State photo, PD