Newly appointed national security adviser John Bolton is expected to "clean house" at the National Security Council in the coming weeks, Foreign Policy reported.
What is he planning?
According to FP, holdovers from former President Barack Obama's administration, those disloyal to President Donald Trump and anyone known to leak information to the media will be getting the boot. Bolton may even fire those loyal to former national security adviser H.R. McMaster, sources said.
"Bolton can and will clean house,” an anonymous White House official told FP.
Another added: “Everyone who was there during Obama years should start packing their sh*t."
Leaks have been a massive problem for the Trump administration, and many see Bolton's appointment as a solution to the problem. Indeed, Bolton explained on Fox News Thursday that he would solve the problem — at least at the NSC.
The New York Times even reported that Trump specifically hired Bolton because he thought the former ambassador to the United Nations could single-handedly fix the issue.
Bolton was appointed on Thursday, just days after another massive national security leak from the West Wing.
Any other details?
Foreign Policy reported:
Among the officials Bolton’s allies are urging him to fire is Nadia Schadlow, currently the deputy national security advisor for strategy. Schadlow was the primary author of the administration’s recently released National Security Strategy, which was viewed as a surprisingly mainstream document that reaffirmed many traditional U.S. foreign-policy positions. Another official likely to be targeted in a Bolton purge is McMaster’s deputy, Ricky Waddell.
It wouldn’t be the first purge to follow a change in Trump’s national security advisor. When Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster replaced retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn in the job last year, McMaster systematically eliminated officials seen as loyal to his predecessor. According to four sources close to the White House, those so-called “Flynnstones” — advisors loyal to Flynn — are believed to be plotting their return to the NSC.
Still, personnel changes take time. It would be detrimental for national security to leave the NSC short-handed, so for now, Bolton will have to make due with who he has while his incoming team receives security clearances.