Spring is here and traditionally, many people begin a major house cleaning to get rid of all of the old dirt and dust that accumulated over the winter. Call it spring cleaning or just good sense, but former Ambassador John Bolton is cleaning house in his new role as President Trump’s new National Security Adviser.
Bolton started on the job this week and already, there has been a mass exodus of national security staff. The latest in a line of resignations came from Deputy National Security Adviser Ricky Waddell. Reportedly, the resignations were not done in protest of Trump or Bolton but mostly due to Bolton’s urging and house cleaning.
(Fox News) – Another member of the White House’s National Security Council resigned Thursday, as newly-installed national security adviser Ambassador John Bolton cleans house during his first week in the administration.
Deputy national security adviser Ricky Waddell resigned from his post Thursday, the White House said.
“Rick will be leaving and his departure date has yet to be confirmed,” a White House official said in a statement.
Waddell, an Army reserve major general, joined the NSC in May 2017, following President Trump’s first deputy national security advisor K.T. McFarland’s exit.
With as many anti-Trump people still working in the federal government and with all of the many news leaks from the White House, FBI and DOJ, I don’t blame Bolton for cleaning house and wanting to start from scratch with his own hand-picked staff who he knows and can trust and work with. I would probably do the same thing.