Kelvin Marshall – Del Sur News
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton is President Trump’s new National Security Adviser, replacing Herbert Raymond McMaster. Once tipped as a 2016 Presidential Candidate, Bolton had a good look at the position but eventually announced he was not running by saying; “Looking forward, I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination for president. I believe I can make the strongest contribution to our future by continuing as a clear and consistent advocate for a strong Reaganite foreign policy that values peace through strength.”
Known as being a hard-liner (described once as “Like Dick Cheney x 2”) disciplined and perceptive he is also known to be skeptical of “the establishment”.
His views on this country are that Nicaragua (along with Cuba and Venezuela) has “undermined U.S. interests.” Observers expect him to continue with the hardline stance against President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and his administration.
Bolton’s views on foreign aid could take on more importance given his elevated position of being one of a handful of presidential advisors and with the NICA Act still hanging over Nicaragua like the Sword of Damocles. Bolton believes that foreign aid must be tied to US goals. He was quoted as saying “too often, the US gives foreign aid as if we had some abstract obligation to engage in ‘nation building’ or international welfare.” He believes that foreign aid can contribute to advancing American interests around the world, but only if it’s designed and implemented with those interests in mind.”
Bolton has also commented that Latin America has been ignored since Trump began his presidency yet the new security adviser believes the region to be strategically significant. He has expressed concerns that Russian could seek to influence the weaker countries in the hemisphere and was particular in mentioning Nicaragua and Honduras as possible examples.