Jimmy Carter: Bolton as national security adviser is Trump's 'worst mistake' so far

Jimmy Carter: Bolton as national security adviser is Trump's 'worst mistake' so far
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Former President Carter said that choosing John Bolton as national security adviser has been President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE’s "worst mistake" in office so far.

“I have been concerned at some of the things he's decided. I think his last choice for national security adviser was very ill-advised. I think John Bolton has been the worst mistake he's made,” Carter told “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O'Donnell on Monday.


Bolton, who served as President George W. Bush's ambassador to the United Nations, is a controversial figure even among Republicans. He has heavily criticized the Iran nuclear deal and advocated for a preemptive strike against North Korea. He also continues to be supportive of having gone to war in Iraq and called for expanding the war into Iran.

Bolton will replace H.R. McMaster next month, becoming Trump’s third national security adviser since he took office.

In recent weeks a number of officials viewed as moderate forces in the White House — including economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnOn The Money: Wall Street zeros in on Georgia runoffs | Seven states sue regulator over 'true lender' rule on interest rates | 2021 deficit on track to reach .3 trillion Former Trump economic aide Gary Cohn joins IBM The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE and Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stand Trump-era ban on travel to North Korea extended Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump MORE — have left the administration.

Carter, who is promoting his new book "Faith: A Journey for All," said on Sunday that he doesn’t want Trump impeached, even if special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s investigation finds the president acted incorrectly.

He added that the oversight Congress and the Supreme Court have over the president is enough to check the president’s actions.