Trump names Douglas Fears as homeland security adviser

WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday named Rear Admiral Douglas Fears as his homeland security and counterterrorism adviser on the National Security Council, the White House said.

"Doug Fears brings more than three decades of experience across a range of vital homeland security areas including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and disaster response to the NSC," White House national security adviser John Bolton said in a statement.

Fears, who has spent more than 30 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, replaces Tom Bossert, who resigned in April at Bolton's request.

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White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert gives a Hurricane Irma update during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 8, 2017.

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U.S. acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert speak to reporters after meeting with President Trump about hurricane relief efforts, at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 28, 2017.

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White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert gives an update on the federal response to Hurricane Irma during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 11, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump's Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert announces that Trump today signed an executive order to bolster the government's cyber security and protect the nation's critical infrastructure from cyber attacks, during a news briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 11, 2017.

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White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert speaks at a Cyber Security Conference held at Tel Aviv University, Israel June 26, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after a security briefing at his golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey U.S. August 10, 2017. Also pictured are National Security Advisor to the Vice President Andrea Thompson (L-R), White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert, U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Vice President Mike Pence and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo.

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White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert and White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter attend as U.S. President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Honor to retired U.S. Army special forces medic Gary Michael Rose, for actions on a four-day secret mission to Laos in 1970 during the Vietnam War, in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 23, 2017.

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Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert, was in attendance as President Donald Trump made remarks on combatting drug demand and the opioid crisis, in the East Room of the White House, on Thursday October 26th, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, center right, speaks as Tom Bossert, assistant to Trump for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, from right, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, and Ricardo Rossello, governor of Puerto Rico, listen during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Trump said his administration's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where 22 percent of the islands residents have electricity and 72 percent have access to drinkable water, deserves a perfect '10' rating as he met with Rossello.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (C) and White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert (R) prepare to observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House October 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. The White House observed the moment of silence to honor of the victims of Sunday's mass murder in Las Vegas, the deadliest shooting in recent American history.

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US President Donald Trump homeland security adviser Tom Bossert speaks during the White House Daily Briefing in Washington, DC, on August 31, 2017.

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US Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert listen while Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello and US President Donald Trump make statements for the press before a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House October 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on May 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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With a rank of deputy assistant to the president, his duties will include coordinating interagency efforts during disaster response, the White House said.

Before his appointment, Fears served as special assistant to the president and senior director for resilience policy at the NSC, it said.

(Reporting by Eric Walsh; Editing by David Alexander)

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