Dem senator on Bolton hire: Trump is 'lining up his war cabinet'

Dem senator on Bolton hire: Trump is 'lining up his war cabinet'

Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOvernight Defense: Mattis dismisses talk he may be leaving | Polish president floats 'Fort Trump' | Dem bill would ban low-yield nukes Dems introduce bill to ban low-yield nukes Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report MORE (D-Mass.) on Thursday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE's picks for national security adviser and secretary of State, saying the president is creating a "war cabinet" with John Bolton and Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoRosenstein report gives GOP new ammo against DOJ Pompeo rejects ‘good cop, bad cop’ characterization of Russia strategy Pompeo: 'Enormous mistake' for Iran to blame US, allies for attack on military parade MORE, respectively.

“With the appointments of Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, @realDonaldTrump is successfully lining up his war cabinet,” Markey tweeted shortly after Trump announced Bolton would be his next national security adviser.

“Bolton played a key role in politicizing the intel that misled us into the Iraq War. We cannot let this extreme war hawk blunder us into another terrible conflict,” Markey added.

The president tweeted early Thursday evening that Bolton, the hawkish former Bush administration official, will take over for McMaster on 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.

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

Markey and other Democrats were particularly critical of Bolton's involvement in the discussions leading up to the Iraq War. Bolton served as undersecretary of State in the years leading up to the war, and had a focus on preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

Bolton, who was seen visiting the White House on Thursday, will be Trump's third national security adviser. His first, Michael Flynn, resigned last year, and has since pleaded guilty in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.