WASHINGTON, D.C. Sept 18, 2019 President Donald Trump today announced the appointment of Robert C. O’Brien to be the next National Security Advisor. He has been serving as Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department.
O’Brien received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his law degree from U.C. Berkeley. He served in the Army in the Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps. O’Brien is a Republican from California. He has served as a trial lawyer in Los Angeles.
O’Brien served as Co-Chairman of the U.S. Department of State’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. In 2005 he was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate to be the U.S. Representative to the United Nations General Assembly where he would work with Ambassador John Bolton. Earlier in his career he worked as a senior legal officer with the United Nations Security Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
O’Brien is the author of the book, While America Slept: Restoring American Leadership to a World in Crisis. The book warns against having a weak military, especially having a hollowed-out Navy.
President Trump tweeted: “I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Adviser. I have worked long and hard with Robert. He will do a great job!”
I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor. I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019
O’Brien came to the attention of the President in May 2018 when he joined the administration to serve as the leader for handling hostage situations. He has worked closely with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in leading diplomatic efforts overseas in hostage related matters. He has worked closely with families of American hostages and has also worked with the administration on strategy and recovery of hostages.