Friend: The idea that Bolton is a 'bomb-thrower' just isn't true
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A longtime friend and colleague of John Bolton is pushing back against the newly appointed national security adviser's reputation as an abrasive foreign policy hawk, arguing that he is much more diplomatic in his approach than has been portrayed.

"This whole idea that John is a bomb thrower or you know, abrasive and that sort of thing, just isn’t true," attorney Robert O'Brien said Wednesday on Hugh Hewitt's radio show. "People that talked about that are people who haven’t worked with John or don’t know Ambassador Bolton."

"I mean, you know, he’s solicitous of his colleagues' opinions. He values smart employees," O'Brien continued. "But he’s also extremely courteous and well-versed in etiquette and protocol as a diplomat."

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE moved last week to dismiss former national security adviser H.R. McMaster and install Bolton in his place. The move brings into the White House a former United Nations ambassador with a hawkish reputation and caustic management style.

Bolton, for example, has argued for regime change in North Korea and has railed against a multilateral deal intended to curb Iran's nuclear program. 

But O'Brien cast Bolton as a much more diplomatic and courteous manager, who, during his time at the U.N., travelled to U.S. Embassies abroad to meet personally with officials. 

"That’s the kind of solicitousness and careful attention to etiquette and protocol that I saw with Ambassador Bolton at the U.N.," he said.