Sep 17, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Trump names top 5 national security adviser candidates

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President Trump told reporters Tuesday his top 5 candidates to replace former national security adviser John Bolton, after saying last week that he was considering 15 candidates for the position.

Why it matters: The U.S., either on a diplomatic or military level, is currently engaged in conflicts with Iran, Venezuela, North Korea and Afghanistan. Trump has thus far in his term had 3 national security advisers, a crucial position that heads up the White House National Security Council.


  • Top hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien.
  • Former deputy national security adviser Ricky Waddell.
  • Department of Energy undersecretary for nuclear security Lisa Gordon-Hagerty.
  • Bolton's former chief of staff Fred Fleitz.
  • Vice President Mike Pence's national security adviser Keith Kellogg.

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