Democrats lay into Trump's pick of Bolton for national security adviser

Democrats lay into Trump's pick of Bolton for national security adviser
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Congressional Democrats on Thursday were quick to condemn President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE's decision to name former United States Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton as his next national security adviser.

Trump tweeted early Thursday evening that Bolton, the hawkish former Bush administration official, will take over for H.R. McMaster beginning April 9. 

“I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend," Trump tweeted.

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McMaster, an Army lieutenant general, will retire from the military, a White House official said.

Bolton served as under secretary of State in the years leading up to the Iraq war, and was appointed U.N. ambassador in 2005. He will be Trump's third national security adviser.

Democrats overwhelmingly opposed the pick, and many noted Bolton's role in the Bush administration leading up to the Iraq War. Some expressed concerns over how he might influence U.S. policy toward Iran and North Korea.

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonThe Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress How Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others Moulton to visit New Hampshire amid 2020 speculation MORE (D-Mass.) called the pick “another step backwards” and a cause for concern over national security.

Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) called Bolton a “dangerous radical” and a “disturbing nomination.”

Rep. Betty McCollumBetty Louise McCollumOvernight Energy: Wheeler weathers climate criticism at confirmation hearing | Dems want Interior to stop drilling work during shutdown | 2018 was hottest year for oceans Dems ask Interior to stop offshore drilling work during shutdown House chairman says Trump should close parks during shutdown MORE (D-Minn.) said the choice “puts our national security at risk,” and warned Bolton could “lead us into war with Iran & North Korea.”

Here's how some other congressional Democrats responded to Bolton joining the Trump administration: