Who Is Robert O’Brien, Trump’s Pick For National Security Advisor? Five Quick Facts
President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday Robert C. O’Brien will be his new National Security Advisor. He is the fourth National Security Advisor since Trump took office and is replacing John Bolton, who was fired from his position this month. The position does not require confirmation by Congress.
I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor. I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019
Bolton and Trump were at major impasses on issues such as Venezuela, Iran and North Korea. Bolton noted in a Tweet this month that he offered to resign before Trump fired him. It will be interesting to see how O’Brien works under Trump. He is not as well known as the previous national security advisors but has a stellar history with the State Department and a long list of qualifications.
Five Quick Facts You Need To Know About Robert O’Brien.
- O’Brien is the State Department’s top hostage Czar and negotiating official. He is well respected by his colleagues, sources tell me.
- He recently worked on freeing rapper ASA$P Rocky, who was being held in a Swedish jail after getting into a brawl in a bar.
- Moreover, O’Brien was one of five senior officials Trump was considering for the position of National Security Advisor, including Bolton’s former chief of staff Fred Fleitz, a retired CIA official; Vice President Mike Pence’s national security advisor Keith Kellogg, and others.
- Under his role at State Department O’Brien also coordinates with the interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell on the development and implementation of U.S. hostage recovery policy and strategy.
- Interestingly enough, O’Brien world under the former National Security Advisor John Bolton in 2005. According to his biography on the State Department website he was nominated that year by “President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a U.S. Representative to the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly where he worked with Ambassador John Bolton.”