Journalists have reported often over the past year or so that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was a steady force at the White House who wasn’t afraid to push back against the president on issues of foreign policy and engagement.
But it’s also been reported that McMaster’s approach didn’t fit neatly in President Donald Trump’s chaotic style of governing that often pits so-called globalists against nationalists and war hawks.
Now McMaster is out as head of the National Security Council, and Trump has tapped John Bolton — a mustachioed firebrand for American interests above all else, and a noted foe of The United Nations. Bolton served as ambassador to the UN under President George W. Bush. Bolton has also been vocal about his interest in challenging Iran, perhaps even prodding our countries into war.
Who is John Bolton, and how likely is he to change the way the White House approaches foreign relations?
Saeed Khan, lecturer in Near Eastern and Asian Studies at Wayne State University, joins Detroit Today to talk about Bolton’s possible influence on the White House.
To hear the conversation, click on the audio player above.