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A year ago, NSC official Matt Pottinger put Beijing on notice at a Chinese embassy national day celebration, speaking Mandarin to warn of elevated strategic competition. Today, Trump tweeted congratulations to China on 70 years of Communist Party rule.

Trump’s national security adviser Robert O'Brien confirms my scoop from last week: he just announced Matt Pottinger is the new deputy national security adviser, effective immediately. “He's got a wonderful personality. I think he's a team player,” O’Brien told reporters on AF1.

Robert O’Brien: Matt Pottinger is “one of the originals here at the NSC...I think Matt's one of the most impressive, young, foreign policy, national defense national security experts in the govt...He's a friend.” Says Pottinger’s going to help him bring “some cohesion” to NSC.

Asia expert Matt Pottinger to become Trump's deputy national security adviser

Trump's Asia expert Matt Pottinger to become deputy national security advisor via CNBC #news  #CNBC 

WHITE HOUSE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER ROBERT O’BRIEN SAYS MATT POTTINGER WILL SERVE AS DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

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NEWS: Robert O’Brien’s deputy announced soon. I’m told it’s likely long-time Trump aide Matt Pottinger, an Asia expert on National Security Council. He’s been deeply involved in China and North Korea matters. Signals O’Brien’s focus.

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Confirmed: Matt Pottinger, NSC senior director for Asia, will be the new deputy National Security Adviser under Robert O’Brien.

SCOOP from @JenniferJJacobs : NSC's Matt Pottinger is likely to be named as deputy to Trump's new national security adviser, Robert O'Brien.

BREAKING: Matt Pottinger, the “Senior White House official,” who Trump says "doesn’t exist" spotted standing between Donald Trump and Chief of Staff Kelly.

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“senior White House official” used that label for Trump NSC staffer Matt Pottinger when he gave reporters a background briefing. Matt Pottinger is a Marine combat veteran. He was also a reporter. He might know how to place an anonymous Op-Ed. Or not.

So President Trump denied the existence of a senior White House official, Matt Pottinger, who gave a formal briefing to journalists about the Korea summit. That's the kind of thing one expects in North Korea, not in the US.

It was Matt Pottinger, a member of your national security council.

It was a mistake to tweet the report from Hankyoreh about comments purportedly made by the NMatt Pottinger'>SC’s Matt Pottinger without verification, and I’ve deleted it. The NSC has denied the report, calling it an “unsourced, unbylined, untrue accusation.”

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