Rand Paul: John Bolton would be a 'bad choice' for national security adviser

Rand Paul: John Bolton would be a 'bad choice' for national security adviser
© Greg Nash

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress set for clash over surveillance reforms Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Pelosi names first-ever House whistleblower ombudsman director MORE (R-Ky.) is urging President Trump not to pick former United Nations ambassador John Bolton as his new national security adviser.

Bolton is on the shortlist for the job along with other candidates such as Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and Keith Alexander, the former director of the National Security Agency.

Paul, who opposed Bolton when his name was floated for secretary of State earlier this year, took a hardline against him for the national security adviser’s post on Sunday, calling him a “bad choice.”

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He argued that Bolton’s foreign policy views are more in line with Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria Meghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' MORE (R-Ariz.), a proponent of interventionist American national security policy, than with Trump.

“The problem with John Bolton is that he disagrees with President Trump’s foreign policy,” Paul said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Trump during last year’s campaign repeatedly called the 2003 invasion of Iraq a mistake and questioned whether the trillions of dollars spent on military engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan would have been better spent at home.

“He would be closer to John McCain’s foreign policy. John Bolton still believes the Iraq War was a good idea, he still believes regime change is a good idea, he still believes that nation-building is a good idea,” he added.

Paul warned that Bolton, who served as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush, has a troubling record of “acting on his own.”

“My fear is that secret wars would be developing around the globe,” Paul said of the prospect of Bolton being hired to serve as the president’s top security adviser.