A week ago, the White House sternly denied press reports that McMaster might be out of his job. But those stories now seemed to be accurate, as backers of the President said bringing on Bolton was a good choice.
"I know John Bolton well and believe he is an excellent choice who will do a great job," said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
"Very underrated, amazing American," Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), said of Bolton. "Extraordinarily talented pick."
Bolton does not need Senate confirmation in order to take his post at the White House. The President said the handover would happen on April 9.
McMaster joined the White House after the resignation of the President's first choice for National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, who has plead guilty to lying to FBI agents about his post-election contacts with the Russian Ambassador to the United States.
Republicans in Congress saw McMaster as someone who could keep Trump aimed in the right direction, but instead, they watched as the President seemed to clash with McMaster about foreign policy goals and decisions.
On Capitol Hill, the selection fell flat with Democrats.
"Another step backwards for an administration already going full throttle in reverse," said Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA). "If you’re worried about our national security today, you should be more concerned about it tomorrow."
President Trump "has just destroyed rational policy-making in selecting reactionary John Bolton," said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA).
"This may be the stupidest and most dangerous decision you have made as President," said Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ).
"Trump desperately needs tempered and measured voices around him," said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). "Bolton is neither of those things."