Cruz backs former UN Ambassador John Bolton to replace Flynn

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves Florida sheriff asks for new leads in disappearance of Carole Baskin's former husband after Netflix's 'Tiger King' drops MORE (R-Texas) on Friday threw his support behind former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton to replace Michael Flynn as President Trump's national security adviser.

"He's someone who understands the world. He understands the threats of radical Islamic terrorism," Cruz told CNN's Manu Raju. "He understands the threats of an over-aggressive [Russian President Vladimir] Putin."

"And at the same, I think he has demonstrated an understanding that we should be reluctant to use military force. That we should do so only when absolutely necessary."


Bolton, a foreign policy hawk who served as President George W. Bush's ambassador to the U.N., has also been a rumored pick for deputy secretary of State. 

Despite Cruz's approval, some Senate Republicans, such as Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGeorgia governor says he didn't know asymptomatic people could spread coronavirus McConnell: Impeachment distracted government from coronavirus threat Warren knocks McConnell for forcing in-person Senate vote amid coronavirus pandemic MORE (R-Ky.), have fiercely opposed Bolton's appointment to the Trump administration.

Further complicating an appointment, Bolton was a staunch supporter of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Trump has criticized the war after initially supporting the invasion, calling into question whether their perspectives will align.

Flynn abruptly resigned on Monday amid revelations that he may have mislead Vice President Pence about a phone call Flynn had with the Russian ambassador.

The president offered the job to retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward after Flynn's resignation, but Harward turned down the offer.