Another High-Ranking National Security Official Resigns


More departures are expected in the coming weeks as Bolton works to build his team.

There was some contention in the White House over Bossert's handling of alleged Russian interference in the USA election and the outgoing official, who also served in the George W. Bush administration, frequently clashed with former national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

Mr. Bossert's resignation coincided with the arrival of John R. Bolton as the president's national security adviser, and was an unmistakable sign that Mr. Bolton is intent on naming his own people.

So far this year, the president has changed his secretary of state, national security adviser, veterans affairs secretary, Central Intelligence Agency director, chief economic adviser, staff secretary, communications director and members of his legal team.

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Homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert left his post Tuesday and National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton resigned Sunday. She submitted her resignation on Tuesday, according to a copy of her resignation letter obtained by CNN, and a senior White House official said she will remain in her role until April 27 to assist with the transition.

Bolton has yet to announce any new senior staff who will join him at the National Security Council, though a White House official said Bolton has begun assembling a team.

Bolton has previously served in the administrations of presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, and served as a Bush lawyer during the 2000 Florida recount.

Those moves follow Trump's appointment of John Bolton, a former United Nations ambassador and Fox News commentator, to succeed McMaster. Today, Deputy National Security Adviser Rick Waddell has handed in his own notice.

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