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Matthew Pottinger to Testify Before House Select Committee on Capitol Riots

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Matthew Pottinger, 31, joined the Marines as a 31-year-old to fight for the United States in one of the most difficult battles for democracy.

As Trump’s deputy national security adviser, Pottinger served as a core architect of the administration’s shift toward China policy. Pottinger, despite his position as Michael Flynn’s protégé, is an intellectual well respected and has brought a measured approach to foreign policy conservatism into the White House.

Background

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A former reporter who spent time in China, Matt Pottinger served as the deputy national security adviser under President Donald Trump. According to the biography of Matt Pottinger on the Hoover Institute website, he was an expert in Asia and planned the meeting between President Donald Trump’s North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In college, he studied Chinese and then worked at Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. He also enlisted in the Marines, where he fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pottinger, despite his limited foreign policy experience has played a major role in Trump’s aggressive-on-China policies. He joined the National Security Council in 2017 and served as senior director for Asia.

On Thursday, he will testify before the House select committee that’s investigating the Capitol attack on Jan. 6. He will be a compelling witness at the hearing, along with Sarah Matthews (ex-deputy press secretary),

Career

Matthew Pottinger is a former journalist who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan before joining President Trump’s National Security Council. He led the White House’s shift on China policy, according to his bio on the Hoover Institute website.

Before joining the White House, Pottinger was a reporter in China for Reuters and The Wall Street Journal, covering topics like the SARS epidemic and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. He also founded and led an Asia-focused risk consultancy and ran Asia research for a New York investment fund.

The former deputy national security adviser will testify at a House committee hearing on January 6. The former deputy national security adviser will testify at a House committee hearing on January 6. He will discuss his experiences during the Capitol riots as well as how he came to be able to resign. He is also expected to explain how he came to know that the Capitol was under attack. This is the latest of several public hearings on the riots and its aftermath.

Personal

Matthew Pottinger is a former journalist who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, serving three combat deployments between 2007 and 2010. He founded and led an Asia-focused risk consultancy, and ran Asia research for a New York investment fund.

From September 22, 2019 to January 7, 2021, he served as President Donald Trump’s deputy national security advisor. He was responsible for coordinating all aspects of the nation’s security policy. He was a major contributor to the White House’s shift on China policy and helped shape the administration’s broader foreign policy agenda.

Now he is a Senior Advisor for the Marathon Initiative as well as a Distinguished Fellow at The Hoover Institution. Forbes has been his contributing editor since 2005. He covers the aerospace and defense industries. His wife, and their two children live in Utah.

Testimony

Multiple reports claim that the former deputy national security advisor will testify before the House select panel investigating the Capitol riot. In the aftermath of the attack that engulfed Capitol Square, he resigned. This prompted an avalanche of resignations among White House staffers.

He will likely describe events at the White House that day as officials scrambled to get Mr. Trump to speak out against the rioters and tell them to leave, according to two people familiar with his testimony. Pottinger also complained about the delay in getting the National Guard activated to try to quell the violence, those sources say.

The committee will air his testimony in the latest round of hearings. These have examined how Trump refused to listen to his lawyers, staff and his family pleas to stop the attack. They come on the heels of a riveting appearance by fellow former White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson, who told the committee that a frantic Mr. Trump ordered Secret Service agents to take him to the Capitol after he gave a speech on the Ellipse that riled his supporters.