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Meet Robert C. O’Brien, Trump’s new national security adviser and a former hostage negotiator who monitored A$AP Rocky’s trial in Sweden

  • President Donald Trump tapped hostage negotiator Robert C. O’Brien as his new national security adviser on Wednesday.
  • O’Brien is replacing John Bolton, who was abruptly ousted from the position last week.
  • O’Brien made his public splash earlier this summer when Trump sent him to Sweden to monitor rapper A$AP Rocky’s trial for assault charges.
  • The Washington Post recently reported O’Brien is perceived as “a team player” with “affable demeanor,” a stark contrast with Bolton’s hard-edged and confrontational approach.
  • Here’s how O’Brien went from being a State Department official, Trump’s chief hostage negotiator to his new national security advisor.


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