By Robert Willmann
President Trump appointed Robert C. O'Brien to be the new National Security Advisor. He is presently the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the U.S. Department of State–
Here is some initial material about him. He has been associated with Mitt Romney and John Bolton for quite a while, and is a Mormon. He is a lawyer operating primarily out of California in a firm called Larson O'Brien–
Apparently he and Hugh Hewitt, who appears some on television and radio, moved from one law firm to the present one. Hewitt seems to no longer be in that firm. But their association has led to interviews of O'Brien by Hewitt.
O'Brien was a foreign policy advisor to Mitt Romney both times he ran for president. Other people such as Michael Hayden and Michael Chertoff were also unfortunately advising Romney in 2012. O'Brien was said to be a foreign policy advisor to Scott Walker and Senator Ted Cruz during the 2016 presidential campaign. This transcript is from 23 August 2012–
In 2016 O'Brien wrote a book entitled "While America Slept, Restoring American Leadership to a World in Crisis", published by Encounter Books. He did around a 12-minute interview on 15 September 2016 with Hewitt about the book, making general comments about policy–
A 28 March 2018 interview with O'Brien is about John Bolton being made National Security Advisor–
From the type of legal cases he has been involved in, he should have a smoother and more palatable demeanor than John Bolton, but his philosophies are what matter. We will see how they play out.