Pentagon officials brace themselves for increasing tensions between the Department of Defense and the White House with John Bolts impending arrival as President Trump Donald Trump Trump Advisor Urge Tougher Action Against Russia: Eric Holder says he will Opt for 2020 to early next year Trump wrote back to 8-year-old Kidney Search for Father MORE 's national safety adviser.
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Mattis, who met Bolton for the first time this week, publicly stated that he had "no reservations or concerns" when working with the restrictive former government official George W. Bush.
"The last time I checked, he's an American, I can work with an American, OK, I'm not the least concerned about such things," Mattis said before the meeting.
And within the Pentagon, some were encouraged by the first exchange between Bolton and Mattis.
When Mattis received Bolton On the steps of the Pentagon on Thursday, he joked that he heard Bolton was "the incarnated devil"
"Thank you for coming in. It's good to finally meet you heard that you are indeed the devil's flesh, and I wanted to meet you, "said Mattis, who was captured by the reporters' microphones.
"I think that's a good sign that Mattis thinks he can work with him," said a source familiar with the situation in the Pentagon.
At the same time, this source said there was skepticism towards Mattis and Bolton (19659004) "I do not think they will get along," the source said. "I think they will argue."
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly John Francis KellyMORE has attempted to build a team that is orderly and disciplined, and there are some to the Pentagon, Bolton – during his tenure as Ex President George W. Bush as a bomb thrower in terms of politics of internal administration seen – not on the same page looks.
"If he breaks that down, then it will not work well," Bolton sources said.
Bolton will take up his new role on April 9 with views directly opposite those of Mattis.
Bolton has repeatedly called for preventive action on North Korea – most recently in a Wall Street Journal in February – while Mattis routinely emphasized diplomacy.
And while Bolton has repeatedly stated that US military action is needed to bring about regime change in Libya and Syria, the Pentagon has sought to avoid such a conflict.
The opposite views are likely to cause problems, according to retired Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis, who served under the McMaster service.
Pentagon officials fear [Bolton’s] would tend the president toward military options in a way that does not support the military. There are operations, I believe, for some conflicts there, "said Davis, who now works for the Defense Priorities Initiative.
The organization is the lobbying arm of the Defense Priorities Foundation, founded by billionaire employees, and donor Charles Cook.
Mattis also shares no previous relationship with Bolton, unlike McMaster, an army lieutenant who had a common background with the retired four-star Marine Corps General.
"McMaster and Mattis did not always do you look at each other Eye, but they are both military, "said the source.
" They understand that it is not always necessary that they stand face to face, but it is necessary that they throw no bombs through the President "[19659004BoltonwhoservedasUSAmbassadortotheUnitedNationsundertheBushadministrationandUnder-SecretaryofStateintheyearsleadinguptotheIraqwarhas"receivedsomeextraordinaryFäWorkatwork"Workingwithinthegovernmentandworkingthebureaucracy"saidDavis
But he also comes with a "significant shortage". , , he has no personal understanding of how strategic ideas [will impact] make decisions on the ground, "added Davis.
For example, when I talk about using military force on North Korea," I do not think he has a very good understanding of what it really means on the ground and how much it could affect our own interests, while Mattis has put on record to really emphasize what it would cost, "he said.
Mattis has been drastic in North Korea in the past Words Warned She faces destruction if she does not stop her quest for nuclear weapons, but he also mitigates this attitude with warnings that any conflict would be "tragically tragic to an unbelievable degree."
"Our endeavor is with the [United Nations] work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to find a way out of this situation, "Mattis said last May 659004] Bolton has argued that the only diplomatic option is the end of the regime in North Korea. "
" Anyone who thinks more The diplomacy with North Korea, more sanctions … gives North Korea more time to increase its nuclear arsenal, "he told Fox News in September.
A regular at Fox News and Conservative Speakers, Bolton could also intervene in the President's bolder tendencies, such as last year's Twitter warning about "Fire and Fury" in Pyongyang.
"It's one thing to be in a television program and to say brave things, but it is another thing the work and have a sense of authority, "said the source The Hill." His views can lead to disagreements. "
" The real question will be, who will hear Trump more? "Davis said. "Mattis does his work and goes wherever Bolton always has his ear, and sometimes the last one in your ear is the one you remember."
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