John Bolton Remains Leading Candidate to Replace H. R. McMaster

Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington

The firebrand former UN ambassador continues to swim in the president’s inner orbit—and exit signs are blaring for National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster.

Not everyone on the Trump-sympathetic Right would be happy with a Bolton ascension. Scott McConnell, founding editor of The American Conservative, reacted with horror when Bolton was floated during the transition in 2016. “I shudder to think what would happen if we had a failed presidency,” McConnell told a Washington crowd in November that year, shortly after the election. “I mean, John Bolton?” Now he may be back.

Curt Mills is foreign-affairs reporter at the National Interest.

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