Rand Paul: John Bolton would be a 'bad choice' for national security adviser

Rand Paul: John Bolton would be a 'bad choice' for national security adviser
© Greg Nash

Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulSenate feels pressure for summer healthcare vote Overnight Defense: Trump budget gets thumbs down from hawks | UK raises threat level after Manchester attack | Paul to force vote on 0B Saudi arms deal Paul plans to force vote on 0B Saudi defense deal MORE (R-Ky.) is urging President Trump not to pick former United Nations ambassador John Bolton as his new national security adviser.

Bolton is on the shortlist for the job along with other candidates such as Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and Keith Alexander, the former director of the National Security Agency.

Paul, who opposed Bolton when his name was floated for secretary of State earlier this year, took a hardline against him for the national security adviser’s post on Sunday, calling him a “bad choice.”

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He argued that Bolton’s foreign policy views are more in line with Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain decries 'media frenzy' around Capitol Manchester attack will change focus of Trump’s NATO meeting Republicans give Trump's budget the cold shoulder MORE (R-Ariz.), a proponent of interventionist American national security policy, than with Trump.

“The problem with John Bolton is that he disagrees with President Trump’s foreign policy,” Paul said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Trump during last year’s campaign repeatedly called the 2003 invasion of Iraq a mistake and questioned whether the trillions of dollars spent on military engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan would have been better spent at home.

“He would be closer to John McCain’s foreign policy. John Bolton still believes the Iraq War was a good idea, he still believes regime change is a good idea, he still believes that nation-building is a good idea,” he added.

Paul warned that Bolton, who served as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush, has a troubling record of “acting on his own.”

“My fear is that secret wars would be developing around the globe,” Paul said of the prospect of Bolton being hired to serve as the president’s top security adviser.