Fiona Hill, US President Donald Trump’s top advisor on Russia, is expected to leave the administration in August, media reports say. Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times and MSNBC analyst, first announced the news on Twitter.
Hill has served through a tumultuous period in US-Russia relations and will finish out after a meeting expected next week between Trump and Putin in Osaka, Japan, on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) June 18, 2019
Spokesman for the National Security Council said that Tim Morrison, the acting head of the Council’s office of nonproliferation, will replace Hill. Experts have expressed an opinion that Morrison taking the position is a signal that President Trump’s approach to Russia might shift.
James Carafano, expert on Foreign policy, said that Trump “wants to see, by the end of his presidency, Russia and China coming to the table and striking a Reaganesque bargain on lowering the threshold on nuclear arms between these great-power rivals.” Carafano claimed that appointing Morrison “is part of the preparation for that.”
“It’s not going to happen tomorrow, it’s not going to happen next week… but expect that push,” he added.
The US ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. is also expected to leave his position and return to the US by the end of this year.
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