NYT's Bret Stephens: Bolton will restrain Trump's 'isolationist impulses'

New York Times conservative op-ed columnist Bret Stephens argued early Wednesday that newly named national security adviser John Bolton "will restrain the isolationist impulses that have been really at the heart of [President] Trump’s foreign policy thinking."

"I don’t think the president has very much of an ideology on most subjects, which is reflected in choices of advisers who disagree with him fundamentally on all sorts of things that he has said," Stephens, also an MSNBC contributor, told "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough.

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"Look, something like 78 percent or 77 percent of Americans supported the United States going into Iraq," the Pulitzer Prize–winner continued. "So I don’t think Bolton was adopting radical position there."

"What worries me about Trump is that here’s a guy who I suspect for the sake of the art of the deal would go into a room with Kim Jong Un and say, you know, it’s a great idea, we’re going to pull out U.S. troops out of South Korea and you’re going to promise to denuclearize, and then I’m going to get my own Nobel Peace Prize," he continued.

"I think someone like Bolton is going to restrain the isolationist impulses that have been really at the heart of Trump’s foreign policy thinking. Impulses, not ideology," Stephens said.

The comments come ahead of an anticipated meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim went to Beijing in a surprise visit earlier this week, his first visit outside of North Korea since taking power following his father's death in 2011.

"If South Korea and the United States kindly respond to our effort, create an atmosphere of stability and peace, and take gradual, simultaneous steps, the issue of denuclearization on the peninsula can be resolved," Kim said, according to Xinhua, China's state-run news agency.