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The backstory on Pence’s decision to bring on Keith Kellogg

Keith Kellogg squints at camera
Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump's new national security adviser, John Bolton, was eager to find a face-saving way to remove Keith Kellogg from his senior role on the National Security Council, three sources with knowledge of the high-level internal conversations tell Axios.

Between the lines: When Vice President Mike Pence suggested the idea of taking on Kellogg — a man the president loves — as his national security adviser about a week ago, senior officials including Chief of Staff John Kelly and Bolton viewed it as a “win-win.”