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Bolton Pushes Out Bossert as Homeland Security Adviser

Bolton Pushes Out Bossert as Homeland Security AdviserBolton Pushes Out Bossert as Homeland Security Adviser

White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert was pushed out of his position by the newly installed national security adviser John Bolton.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed his departure in a statement, saying President Donald Trump “is grateful for Tom’s commitment to the safety and security of our great country.”

Two sources familiar with Bossert’s departure said while Bolton did not have a personal problem with Bossert, he wanted to put his own team in place. It is not unusual for a new national security adviser to replace officials with his own team, but Bolton has yet to announce any new hires to the National Security Council—instead pushing out at least two senior officials in recent days, CNN reported.

One of the sources could not explain the abrupt nature of Bossert’s departure, an alumnus of President George W. Bush’s administration who is well liked by most White House officials. “This is incredibly jarring,” a person in the White House said.

There was no indication that Bossert planned to resign in recent days. On Sunday, Bossert was one of the administration’s prominent faces on news shows. News of his departure came just hours after he returned from a days-long national security conference.

Bossert’s most prominent role at the White House came after a series of devastating hurricanes hit several US states and Puerto Rico last fall, when Bossert served as the White House’s point person for the emergency response and rebuilding efforts. He also headed the administration’s cybersecurity efforts.

 

 

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