John Bolton plans to fire dozens of White House officials: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE’s new national security adviser is reportedly planning major staffing changes at the National Security Council.

Sources close to the situation told Foreign Policy that John Bolton is preparing to “clean house” and remove nearly all of the political appointees brought in by his predecessor.

“Bolton can and will clean house,” one former White House official told Foreign Policy.

Another former official said any National Security Council officials appointed under former President Obama “should start packing their shit.”

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Foreign Policy reported that Bolton is planning to remove dozens of current officials, with a focus on those who have been “disloyal” to the president.

Bolton is the newest high-level addition to the Trump administration. The president announced late Thursday via tweet that Bolton would be replacing H.R. McMaster, making him Trump’s third national security adviser in just 14 months. 

The shake-up came just days after Trump also fired his secretary of State, Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonPompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation Trump concealed details of meetings with Putin from senior officials: report Forget the border wall, a coup in Guatemala is the real emergency MORE, replacing him with CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: US 'absolutely not' getting out of the Middle East Pompeo taking meeting about running for Kansas Senate seat: report Ex-US envoy in ISIS fight: 'There's no plan for what's coming' after US troop withdrawal in Syria MORE.

By hiring Bolton, many have speculated that Trump is moving to the right on foreign policy issues. Bolton has been a harsh critic of the Iran nuclear deal, and supported the Iraq War as former President George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations. He also penned an op-ed making the case for a strike on North Korea.