"I am pleased to announce that I am appointing Robert C. O'Brien, who is currently a very successful Special Envoy of the Foreign Ministry hostage special envoy, as our new National Security Advisor hard working with Robert, he's going to do a great job! "Trump tweeted.
The announcement came one week after Trump dismissed John Bolton on multiple counts, citing disagreements, and faced a major foreign policy crisis following the attack on Saudi oil facilities – which the government has blamed Iran.
Aides awaited an announcement as Acting National Security Advisor Charlie Kupperman, who took over Bolton's absence, was not supposed to travel to New York for the next session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday, Trump praised O & # 39; s Brien for praising the release of hostages.
Robert O'Brien said: & # 39; Trump is the biggest kidnapper in history. & # 39; He's coincidentally right, "said Trump, according to pool reporters," we're 38: 0. 38: 0, ask Robert. In fact, I had never heard the term before. Robert O'Brien said Donald Trump was the biggest kidnapper of all time. 38: 0. At the time he said it, "we were 29-0, we're 38-0."
CNN has contacted the State Department to find out more about Trump's numbers.
Trump personally sent O'Brien to help US rapper A $ AP Rocky earlier this year from the Swedish prison. The hostage negotiator interviewed President and Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney last week.
O & N Brien was supported by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is today the most influential voice of national security in administration.
Trump, who is known to respond well to flattery, has in Tweets pronounced praise from O'Brien, suggesting that the new national security adviser also knows how he interacts with the president and his mercury moods bypasses.
O & Brien also said Trump looks good ̵
During an Oval Office meeting in March, O & # 39; Brien praised Trump for his success in returning American hostages.
with all these hostages and detainees without the support of the President does not happen, "he said." The President has achieved unprecedented success when he brought Americans home without paying concessions. "
Contractor, not a showboater "in the role, suggesting that O'Brien takes a lower status and works better with others in the administration than John Bolton.
However, Brien has far less experience in national security or foreign policy than previous national security advisers – under Trump or otherwise. CNN previously reported that the role of national security adviser after Bolton's departure is likely to decline as Trump relies increasingly on his own instincts.
Trump considered a number of other candidates for the job and yesterday named five people under consideration: O'Brien, Ricky Waddell, Fred Fleitz, Keith Kellogg, and Lisa Gordon-Hagerty.
Other eligible officials included US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, who is close to Trump's senior advisor, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who was criticized by other advisors as "Never Trumper." Trump had also been thinking about Rob Blair, a national security helper for Mulvaney, who is still considered a long shot in the West Wing.
Trump has sought referrals for the selection of advisers and friends, but officials said he would likely rely mainly on advice leave from Pompeo. Trump said last week that he asked his chief diplomat if he was interested in taking on the job of a national security adviser, but he refused.
Trump has selected O'Brien at one time as he faces another foreign policy crisis following the attack on Saudi oil fields – a situation that ended his dueling instincts in the region, inclinations, Bolton's tenure and his replacement inevitably complicate, unmasked in opposite directions. While trying for a long time to crack down on Iran, he has promised his voters not to be involved in another Middle East war and says he is open for talks
Kaitlan Collins, Nicole Gaouette and Jennifer Hansler of CNN have joined contributed reporting.