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Trump Has Clipped the Wings of Uber-Hawk John Bolton

Turns out there is no such thing as a Trump adviser.

Standing well behind his man.

Standing well behind his man.

Photographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Where on earth is John Bolton?

When Bolton joined the Trump administration as national security adviser in April, it was widely expected that he would bring “fire and fury” to U.S. diplomacy. The combination of Bolton’s longtime hawkish views and his new control of the policymaking process would surely give a harder edge to the U.S. outlook on an array of issues.