Bolton and Pompeo appointments should strengthen American leadership abroad


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The Henry Jackson Society today commented on the appointment of John Bolton as the new National Security Advisor to the Trump Administration.

Dr Alan Mendoza, Executive Director at the Henry Jackson Society, said:

“While President Trump will always be the one to decide his own foreign policy, he will clearly be affected by the advice he receives.

“The world may not be fans of this Administration, but what matters is not whether the US is popular as much as whether it is effective. This appointment will improve the US’s ability to assert itself internationally, and also end the debate about whether the US will be a global leader under this President given the strong engagement record of Ambassador Bolton.

“The arrival of John Bolton and Mike Pompeo means that the new National Security Advisor and Secretary of State have both advocated a tough line on foreign policy issues, such as opposing Iranian, North Korean and Russian ambitions. We can expect this to filter through to the rest of the Administration in the weeks and months ahead.

“The British government will need to take note of this to avoid being out of step with our main ally on issues like the Iran nuclear deal, where there will now be renewed impetus to renegotiate a deal that has long been criticised as being too soft on the Tehran regime.”


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