March 22, 2018 / 11:45 PM / 2 years ago

Trump's new security adviser pick sees 'honest broker' role - Fox News

FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S. February 24, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s latest choice for national security adviser, said on Thursday he saw his role as an “honest broker” by providing a full range of options to the president.

Bolton, a hawk who has advocated using military force against Iran and North Korea and has taken a hard line against Russia, told Fox News that Trump needs a free exchange of views among his advisers.

He also said he was outraged by the leaking of notes from Trump’s telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin and that his congratulating Putin on his re-election was a matter of being polite.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh and Sandra Maler

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