Dem lawmaker: Bolton's 'neocon way of thinking is very dangerous to this country'

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoHouse panel votes to limit Trump's Germany withdrawal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - As virus concerns grow, can it get worse for Trump? Latino man's death in Tucson fuels debate over police brutality on Hispanics MORE (D-Ariz.) said that he agrees with President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE’s decision to oust national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed Bolton says he would have personally briefed Trump on Russian bounties MORE, saying he posed a dangerous threat to the U.S. 

“I agree with the president, I don’t know what his intent was hiring him in the first place or why he fired him but at least the good outcome is that John Bolton’s no longer close to any level of power,” Gallego, a former Marine and Iraq war veteran, told Hill.TV on Wednesday. 

“His neocon way of thinking is very dangerous to this country and I hope he’s never employed in the United States government, actually by any entity that has to do with foreign policy,” he added.

Gallego’s comments come one day after Trump announced that Bolton would no longer serve as national security adviser, citing strong disagreements on how to best tackle foreign policy challenges. 

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning,” Trump said in a pair of tweets on Tuesday.

The decision comes after months of tensions between the two on a number of foreign policy issues,  including the best way forward on Iran to Afghan peace talks.

With Bolton’s exit, Trump is now in search of a new national security adviser, which would mark his fourth in less than three years. 

—Tess Bonn