Dem senator on Bolton hire: Trump is ‘lining up his war cabinet’
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on Thursday slammed President Trump’s picks for national security adviser and secretary of State, saying the president is creating a “war cabinet” with John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, 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.
With the appointments of Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, @realDonaldTrump is successfully lining up his war cabinet. 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.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) March 22, 2018
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 Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.