Bolton names replacement for deputy who clashed with first lady

Bolton names replacement for deputy who clashed with first lady

A former Reagan administration official and longtime associate of national security adviser John Bolton has been named as a top White House aide.

The White House announced Friday that Charles Kupperman will be President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE’s new deputy national security adviser.


“Charlie Kupperman has been an advisor to me for more than thirty years, including during my tenure as National Security Advisor to President Trump,” Bolton said in a statement. “Charlie’s extensive expertise in defense, arms control and aerospace will help further President Trump’s national security agenda.”

Kupperman will fill a role that has been vacant since the departure of Mira Ricardel following a high-profile clash with first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game Schwarzenegger tells Trump to 'listen to the first lady' before attacking McCain The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain MORE.

In November, the first lady’s office released a statement saying Ricardel “no longer deserves the honor” of serving in the White House after reports that she and Melania Trump’s staff clashed over the first lady’s trip to Africa.

A day later, the White House said Ricardel would “transition to a new role within the administration,” without specifying what her new job would be.

Kupperman's government service includes working as a special assistant to former President Reagan, a stint at NASA and working on an advisory committee on arms control and disarmament during the Reagan administration.

He also worked on the former president's campaign as a defense and foreign policy adviser. Later, he worked at Boeing as a missile defense executive and then at Lockheed Martin in space operations.

Bolton brought in Kupperman as a senior adviser shortly after he assumed the role of national security adviser, but Kupperman’s job was initially billed as temporary.

Bolton and Kupperman were both staunch opponents of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that Trump has withdrawn from, with Kupperman signing on to a letter in 2017 calling for Trump to withdraw.