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Fourth National Security Adviser Ousted From Trump White House In Bolton’s First Week

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Fourth National Security Adviser Ousted From Trump White House In Bolton’s First Week




Ricky Waddell, President Trump’s deputy national security adviser, is leaving the White House — the fourth high-ranking national security official to resign since John Bolton took over as National Security Advisor, The Washington Post reports.

Since taking over Monday, Bolton has removed homeland security adviser Tom Bossert, National Security Council deputy Nadia Schadlow and national security spokesman Michael Anton.

“Dr. Rick Waddell plans to step down from his position at the White House,” said White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters. “Dr. Waddell is highly respected and very well liked within the White House and the United States Army. We thank him for his continued service.”

Walters said Waddell “will stay on board for the immediate future” to help with the transition to his successor.



The Army Reserve general was hired last May by Bolton’s predecessor, H.R. McMaster, to run operations at the NSC.



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