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Robert C. O'Brien: US National Security Advisor
Robert Charles O'Brien Jr. is an American lawyer serving since 2019 as the 28th United States National Security Advisor. He is the fourth person to hold that position during the presidency of Donald Trump.

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Trump to cut troop levels in Afghanistan, Iraq [Video]

Trump to cut troop levels in Afghanistan, Iraq

[NFA] President Donald Trump will sharply reduce the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday, stopping short of a full withdrawal from..

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Trump hopes U.S. troops home by May from Afghanistan, Iraq -WH [Video]

Trump hopes U.S. troops home by May from Afghanistan, Iraq -WH

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said on Tuesday it is President Donald Trump's hope that all U.S. troops will be home from Afghanistan and Iraq by May.

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More 'may die' if Trump blocks COVID plans -Biden [Video]

More 'may die' if Trump blocks COVID plans -Biden

[NFA] President-elect Joe Biden said on Monday “more people may die” if outgoing President Donald Trump continues blocking a U.S. transition of power as the coronavirus pandemic worsens, and he..

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Looks now that Biden has won - Trump adviser [Video]

Looks now that Biden has won - Trump adviser

U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said in an interview released on Monday but taped the week of November 9th, that he will ensure a professional transition to the..

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'Something close' to genocide in China's Xinjiang: WH [Video]

'Something close' to genocide in China's Xinjiang: WH

Robert O'Brien, the U.S. national security adviser, on Friday during an online event said that China was perpetrating 'something close to' a genocide with its treatment of Muslims in its Xinjiang..

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Full transcript of "Face the Nation" on October 25, 2020

On this "Face the Nation" broadcast, Robert O'Brien and Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb sat down with Margaret Brennan
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Transcript: Robert O'Brien on "Face the Nation"

The following is a transcript of an interview with national security adviser Robert O'Brien that aired Sunday, October 25, 2020, on "Face the Nation."
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National security adviser assures Americans "their vote is secret" amid interference fears

National security adviser Robert O'Brien urged Americans to "get out and vote, that's how we defeat our foreign adversaries."
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Trump was warned Giuliani was target of Russian disinformation campaign

Robert O'Brien warned the president of the Russian disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting Joe Biden.
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Trump Aide Insists U.S. Will Reduce Forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 Troops

The national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, reiterated a plan to draw down troops to 2,500 by early 2021, sidestepping President Trump’s call for a Christmas exit.
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O'Brien: Trump transfer of power "not something that's on the table"

The national security adviser said the White House medical unit is conducting contact tracing to determine how Mr. Trump became infected with COVID-19.
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This week on "Face the Nation," September 20, 2020

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb appear on Sunday's "Face the Nation"
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National security adviser hails "remarkable" Serbia-Kosovo agreement

President Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to Mr. Trump and his son-in-law, addressed reporters..
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ICYMI: Top takeaways from this week's "Face the Nation"

This week we sat down with White House National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, Governor Ned Lamont and former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.
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National security adviser warns of "severe consequences" for foreign election interference

Robert O'Brien said Russia and China are both taking steps to interfere in November's elections.
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Trump Gets More Bullish as a Top Aide, Robert O’Brien, Tests Positive

Plus, how Fred Trump shaped his son’s approach to empathy: This is your morning tip sheet.
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Robert O’Brien, Trump’s National Security Adviser, Has the Virus

Mr. O’Brien is the most senior Trump official to test positive for the coronavirus. White House officials said he had contracted it at a family gathering.
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White House Dismisses Reports of Bounties, but Is Silent on Russia

Robert C. O’Brien, the national security adviser, told Fox News that President Trump knew nothing about the reports because the briefer “decided not to” share unverified intelligence with him.
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Trump will not invoke control of National Guard amid protests, NSA adviser says

The Trump administration will not invoke federal authority over the National Guard for now, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said on Sunday as protests flared in multiple U.S. cities..
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U.S. hopes for in-person G7 summit end of June: White House

Any in-person meeting of Group of Seven leaders will take place at the end of June, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said on Sunday.
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China legislation on Hong Kong could lead to U.S. sanctions, White House says

China's proposed national security legislation for Hong Kong could lead to U.S. sanctions and threaten the city's status as a financial hub, White House National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said on..
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Trump's national security advisor to attend Russia's May 9 Victory Day parade

U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien will travel to Moscow to attend Russia's World War Two Victory Day celebrations in May, U.S. ambassador John Sullivan was cited as saying on Thursday by..
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China's virus response likely cost world two months: White House's O'Brien

China did not initially handle the coronavirus outbreak well, likely costing the world two months when it could have prepared and dramatically limited the outbreak, Robert O'Brien, the White House..
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U.S.'s O'Brien says Chinese virus response likely cost world two months

China did not initially handle the coronavirus outbreak properly and this likely cost the world two months when it could have prepared and dramatically curtailed the outbreak, U.S. National Security..
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Under O’Brien, N.S.C. Carries Out Trump’s Policy, but Doesn’t Develop It

President Trump’s fourth national security adviser says he is restoring a neutral “process,” but the president’s tweets come first.
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Coronavirus could impact Chinese purchases of U.S. farm goods: U.S. official

The coronavirus outbreak in China could reduce Chinese purchases of American agricultural products this year under the U.S.-China Phase 1 trade deal, White House national security adviser Robert..
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Trump's national security adviser says coronavirus could impact U.S.-China trade deal: CNN

U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, acknowledged that the coronavirus outbreak could impact the Phase One trade deal between the United States and China, a CNN..
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Trump, Pence attend dignified transfer of 2 soldiers killed in Afghanistan

"These were fallen heroes and we were close by and the president wrapped his rally early so he could come," Trump adviser Robert O'Brien said.
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China not embracing U.S. help on coronavirus, Americans in next-door Kazakhstan

China has been more transparent about the coronavirus than it has been in previous crises but Beijing has not yet accepted a U.S. offer of help to contain the epidemic, White House national security..
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China has not yet accepted U.S. help with coronavirus: White House adviser

China has been more transparent about the coronavirus than it has been in previous crises but Beijing has not yet accepted a U.S. offer of help to contain the epidemic, White House national security..
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White House says U.S. has asked North Korea to resume talks: Axios

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said the United States had reached out to North Korea seeking to resume talks, according to an interview published on Sunday by Axios.
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US denies visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif ahead of UN Security Council meeting

"I don't think Secretary Pompeo thought that this was the right time for Mr. Zarif to come," said national security adviser Robert O'Brien.
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White House: Iran retaliation for Soleimani killing would be poor decision

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said on Friday that any Iranian retaliation in response to the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani would be a "very poor..
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U.S. monitoring North Korea closely, finds situation concerning: White House

The United States is monitoring North Korea's actions closely and finds the situation there concerning but there are open lines of communications between the two countries, White House national..
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U.S. National Security Adviser warns UK about allowing Huawei in 5G: FT

U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien has warned UK about allowing China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] into its 5G telecommunications networks, saying such a move would pose a risk to..
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Turkey should scrap Russian missile system or face U.S. sanctions: White House official

The United States is very upset about Turkey's purchase of Russian missile defense systems and could impose sanctions on Ankara if it does not "get rid" of them, White House National Security Adviser..
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National security adviser says U.S. "concerned" about war crimes in Syria despite Erdogan visit to White House

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien says the idea that the United States greenlighted Turkey's offensive on Kurdish forces in Syria is "false."
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Turkish foreign minister, U.S. national security adviser to meet in Ankara on Wednesday: ministry

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will meet with U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien at 1245 GMT in Ankara on Wednesday, Turkey's foreign ministry said, as Turkey pressed on with its..
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Exclusive: Trump's new national security adviser plans to return NSC to traditional coordinating role

President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said on Thursday he plans to reduce the size of the National Security Council by about a third in coming months and limit the..
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Robert O’Brien ‘Looks the Part,’ but Has Spent Little Time Playing It

Mr. O’Brien, President Trump’s new national security adviser, is said to bring milder views and a sunnier personality to the job than John R. Bolton.
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After Bolton fireworks, Trump picks low-key hostage negotiator to replace him

U.S. President Donald Trump picked U.S. hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien on Wednesday as his fourth White House national security adviser, turning to a low-key choice for the position after the..
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Robert O'Brien helped free A$AP Rocky. Here's what to know about Trump's newest senior adviser

Trump’s new national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, is the one who negotiated for the release of A$AP Rocky, but here Is what else you should know.
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Trump announces Robert O'Brien as new national security adviser

Robert O'Brien is currently the country's hostage negotiator for the State Department and will take over for former National Security Adviser John Bolton. "Face the Nation" moderator and senior foreign..
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Trump picks hostage negotiator O'Brien for top security job

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday picked U.S. hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien as national security adviser, replacing hardliner John Bolton who was fired abruptly last week after clashing with..
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