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Never-Trump ties could damage would-be Bolton successor

Posted On: Sep 16, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Never-Trump ties could damage would-be Bolton successor

The NeverTrump ties of one leading candidate to succeed John Bolton are coming under increasing scrutiny as President Donald Trump considers whom to tap as his fourth national security adviser. Before joining the Trump administration, senior State Department official Brian Hook co-founded a network of veteran Republican foreign policy hands known as the John Hay Initiative, which sought to counter, in their telling, “the neo-isolationist strains of thought in both of our major political parties” and to defend “conservative internationalism.” The group's members provided advice and guidance to all of the Republican presidential candidates who sought it. There were just two who didn't: Rand Paul and Donald Trump. That Hook, who is currently the U.S. special envoy for Iran, has climbed the ranks of the Trump administration and is now under consideration to be the national security adviser, is a reminder of the difficulties Trump has faced not just finding foreign policy advisers who agree on the issues - but...

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