Also new from me @dlippman @caitlinoprysko: Trump appointed O'Brien as National Security Adviser despite his closeness with Bolton and after a “hard" lobbying campaign from Mike Pompeo. Jared was instrumental in pushing him, too. https://t.co/4a5hAf1jjn
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) September 18, 2019
Our early take on Robert O'Brien. Very much not Bolton, Pompeo-approved, a traditional foreign policy hawk, a Mormon, who is entirely obsequious (or at least Trump thinks he is).https://t.co/jTVb8fMAEo
— Julian Borger (@julianborger) September 18, 2019
"Greatest hostage negotiator": In Robert O’Brien, Trump hires another top official with a history of pro-Trump hyperbole https://t.co/cdLPC4kave
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 18, 2019
Thank you to the great team at @usembassyjlm for your support this week. I was honored to speak about @realDonaldTrump’s successful hostage recovery record & policies at the @ICT_org conference. pic.twitter.com/WIhjZyInZq
— U.S. Special Presidential Envoy O’Brien (@StateSPEHA) September 10, 2019
I have learned one thing so far about the new national security adviser, Robert O’Brien. He has correctly assessed President Trump’s desire for flattery.
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) September 18, 2019
Robert O’Brien, the U.S. envoy for hostage affairs, met with Trump for the NSA post, and the president “likes the look of him,” says one official, a key condition for many Trump appointments. https://t.co/QRlR3DmsbC
— Capital Journal (@WSJPolitics) September 13, 2019
Trump liked that Robert O'Brien was effusive in his praise. Speaking to reporters on AF1 yesterday, Trump said: "Robert O'Brien said, 'Trump is the greatest hostage negotiator in history.' He happens to be right." He named him national security adviser a day later.
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) September 18, 2019
I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor. I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019