Report: Bolton poised to oust NSC staffers ‘disloyal’ to Trump

Newly named National Security Adviser John Bolton is reportedly planning a major staff shake-up at the National Security Council. 

According to Foreign Policy magazine, “Those targeted for removal include officials believed to have been disloyal to President Donald Trump, those who have leaked about the president to the media, his predecessor’s team, and those who came in under Obama.”

In fact, one insider is quoted as saying bluntly, “Everyone who was there during Obama years should start packing their s**t."

Trump announced the change in leadership on Thursday.

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Thank you to Lieutenant General HR McMaster for your service and loyalty to our country. Your selfless courage and… https://t.co/0Gi3SkFk7g
This is the new National Security Advisor? Disqualified by horrible judgment and dangerous for America and the worl… https://t.co/IeptDjdCJM
I know John Bolton well, he is an excellent choice who will do an great job as National Security Advisor. General M… https://t.co/L4IQ0rARHI
Replacing Tillerson with Pompeo and McMaster with Bolton could have a profound impact on U.S. foreign policy, start… https://t.co/xEr9rn3Toc
Another step backwards for an administration already going full throttle in reverse. If you’re worried about our na… https://t.co/kGqW57Q9Tp
I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very… https://t.co/dlRJSb9xW1
Now HR McMaster is out. Instead firing his entire staff one by one, Trump should cut to the chase and fire himself already.
Exciting news. BZ @AmbJohnBolton https://t.co/LlUIY3q3Li
Amb John Bolton will be great National Security Adviser for @realDonaldTrump. Ridiculously knowledgable. Leaks from… https://t.co/oYH0HI6K2Z
John Bolton is a dangerous radical. He has spent his career pushing fringe conspiracy theories and undermining key… https://t.co/dPDfjmyCBk
POTUS has just destroyed rational policy-making in selecting reactionary John Bolton as the National Security Advisor.
With the appointments of Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, @realDonaldTrump is successfully lining up his war cabinet. B… https://t.co/ENxgUMjvTW
General McMaster has served our nation incredibly well for 34 years, and I thank him for the work he has done in le… https://t.co/LqEPzJXY7H
I will always be grateful to my friend Gen. H.R. McMaster for his service as @POTUS' Nat Sec Adv & congratulate him… https://t.co/Xd2JUcT14p
Congratulations to new National Security Advisor John Bolton. @AmbJohnBolton is a highly respected American patriot… https://t.co/gnFUmHQt6s
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“I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9,” Trump tweeted.

Critics have since blasted the decision, with the New York Times editorial board calling it “alarming.” 

The board’s recent op-ed states, “Mr. Bolton, in particular, believes the United States can do what it wants without regard to international law, treaties or the political commitments of previous administrations.”

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