White House shakeup continues as Trump tweets another big staff change


The semi-official Fars news agency quoted Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the country's Supreme National Security Council, as saying that for an "apparent superpower it is a matter of shame that its national security adviser receives wages from a terrorist group".

A national defense analyst says President Trump's decision to name former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton as his national security advisor sends the right message to America's antagonists.

President Donald Trump is replacing national security adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton, a former US ambassador to the United Nations.

Bolton has been a supporter of the exiled Mujahideen-e Khalq (People's Mujahideen) armed opposition group which Iran sees as terrorists, and has spoken at the group's events.

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The U.S. removed MEK from its list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2012.

"Bolton can and will clean house", one former White House official said.

Commentators said last week when Bolton was named that it signaled a toughening of Washington's stance on Tehran and another nail in the coffin of the Obama-era agreement between Iran and world powers to limit Tehran's nuclear ambitions, already cast into doubt by Trump himself.

"Now that he's got the president's ear - literally - they're concerned that he will influence the president to use the forces that we have and the elements of power, should they be military or otherwise, to execute a foreign policy that they're concerned will have a direct impact on them", Maginnis adds. Bolton, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, advocates regime change in Iran and is opposed to the nuclear deal.