It is being reported that the White House’s Ricky Waddell will be resigning from his post advising President Trump on national security matters. Waddell was added to a deputy advisory position by former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
Newly tapped National Security Adviser John Bolton is reportedly replacing Waddell because he wants his own team. This resignation is the fourth since Bolton took the helm of the advisory council.
NEW: Deputy national security advisor Ricky Waddell is leaving the National Security Council, White House confirms, the latest in a string of departures since John Bolton became NSA. https://t.co/0uJhkJNJbq
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 12, 2018
Why this matters: Bolton is making wholesale changes at the NSC, bringing in his own people and clearing out McMaster’s. Senior NSC officials Nadia Schadlow, who authored the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy, and Michael Anton, who led the NSC’s strategic communications, have already resigned in anticipation of likely being pushed out under Bolton. More NSC departures are expected soon.
White House sources have a high regard for Waddell, a Major General in the United States Army Reserve, who has run the daily operations of the NSC since last May. It’s not clear when his last day in the White House will be.
A source briefed on the internal deliberations told me he’ll stay on to help with the transition to his replacement and that Waddell is expected to receive a third star in the Army.
Trump’s deputy National Security Adviser Ricky Waddell will leave the White House, two sources briefed on the decision tell Axios.
Waddell is now the 4th senior National Security Council official to announce exit plans since John Bolton took the helm. https://t.co/LRO1ZwsLei
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 12, 2018
Here’s more, per Washington Post:
Since taking over Monday, Bolton has removed homeland security adviser Tom Bossert, National Security Council deputy Nadia Schadlow and national security spokesman Michael Anton. Senior White House officials said other personnel changes could happen in the coming days on the National Security Council, which has been weakened under the Trump administration but is expected to gain power under Bolton.
White House officials said Waddell was well-liked inside the White House and would stay on for several weeks during the transition. Bolton has not finalized a decision for the replacement, these people said.
Waddell often played an integral role inside the building, preparing national security briefings for the president, organizing meetings and traveling with Trump.
Bolton has said he wants his own team in place ahead of a chaotic two-month stretch, in which the administration must decide whether to recertify the Iran nuclear deal, and Trump is expected to meet with North Korea President Kim Jong-Un. Bolton has been skeptical of meeting with Kim Jong-Un and has frequently criticized the Iran deal, which Trump has told allies he wants to shred.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) April 12, 2018
And, per the Hill:
The Army Reserve general was hired last May by Bolton’s predecessor, H.R. McMaster, to run operations at the NSC. He took over for K.T. McFarland, the deputy to Trump’s first national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Waddell’s departure is the latest sign Bolton is seeking to clean house at the NSC and bring in his own people.
It comes one day after deputy national security adviser Nadia Schadlow, who authored Trump’s national security strategy, submitted her resignation.
Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert and NSC spokesman Michael Anton are the other two officials who are leaving the White House due to Bolton.