With the firing of H.R. McMaster from his role as National Security Advisor, the Trump administration loses a huge asset, replacing him with John Bolton, who is far too militaristic, argues Uri Friedman of The Atlantic. McMaster was somewhat cautious of countries like China and North Korea, but he always saw nuclear intervention with the latter as a last resort. While his rhetoric did verge on the aggressive, his worldview suggests he was bluffing. He likely understood that China had to be intimidated to make progress with the Korea situation. Without McMaster, Trump will now go to the summit with Kim Jong-un, with a more trigger-happy advisor.
H.R. McMaster failed at his job as President Trump's National Security Advisor and was appropriately shown the door, suggests Alex Ward of Vox. He mishandled his relationship with the president, contradicting him in public, undermining his words and failing to create a working partnership. He botched several interactions with the media, revealing sensitive information that sometimes undermined Trump. He got involved in politics in a role that is historically non-partisan. Throughout his tenure, McMaster failed to guide Trump into the right direction on matters of foreign policy. He may have had some good ideas but failed at implementing them successfully.