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
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRepublicans have spent .5 million at Trump properties since he took office: report Ex-Virginia GOP Senate candidate shares offensive voicemail allegedly left by Charlottesville rally organizer GOP leaders: No talk of inviting Russia delegation to Capitol 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 Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: Trump signs 7B defense policy bill into law | Rips McCain hours after signing bill named after him | Green Beret killed in Afghanistan blast Tapper thanks McCain for his service ‘since President Trump would not do it’ Trump rips McCain hours after signing bill named after him 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.