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President Trump announced Thursday evening the appointment of former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton to serve as the assistant to the president for national security affairs.

Pictured: John Bolton (Source: NYT)

This position, commonly referred to as the national security advisor, does not require confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Bolton will replace current National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster on April 9th.

Bolton has worked in the three most recent Republican presidential administrations. He served as assistant attorney general from 1988 to 1989, and then as assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs from 1989 to 1993. Bolton became under secretary of state for arms control and international security affairs in 2001, before President George W. Bush nominated him to be ambassador to the United Nations in 2005.

Bolton is known for his hawkish foreign policy beliefs and has advocated for regime change in Iran and North Korea.

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