Trump Picks Envoy for Hostage Affairs Robert O’Brien as New National Security Adviser

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 9/18/2019 | Mary Chastain
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President Donald Trump announced Wednesday morning that he picked Robert C. O’Brien as his new national security adviser. He currently serves as the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs.

The move comes a few days after Trump dismissed John Bolton as his national security adviser. Trump said the two of them had too many disagreements on foreign policy.

Senate - O'Brien - Position - Trump - Administration

The Senate does not have to confirm O’Brien for this position. He jumped into the Trump administration in May 2018.

As Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, O’Brien “leads diplomatic efforts on overseas hostage-related matters.”

O'Brien - State - Department - Biography

From O’Brien’s State Department biography:

O’Brien previously served as Co-Chairman of the U.S. Department of State Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan under both Secretaries Rice and Clinton. The PPJRA promoted the rule of law by training Afghan judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers and provided scholarships for young Afghan lawyers to study in the U.S. From 2008 through 2011, O’Brien was a presidentially-appointed member of the U.S. Cultural Property Advisory Committee, which advises the federal government on issues relating to the trafficking of antiquities and other cultural items. In 2005, Mr. O’Brien was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a U.S. Representative to the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly where he worked with Ambassador John Bolton. Earlier in his career, O’Brien served as a Senior Legal Officer for the UN Security Council commission that decided claims against Iraq arising out of the first Gulf War. O’Brien was a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve.

O'Brien - Partner - Larson - O'Brien - LLP

O’Brien is the co-founding partner of Larson O’Brien LLP in...
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