As soon as President Donald Trump announced via tweet that he’s replacing national security adviser H.R. McMaster with neoconservative George W. Bush aide John Bolton, Twitter exploded with commentary on what the hawkish new adviser could mean for the country.
“John Bolton as National Security Advisor is the worst case scenario,” Pod Save America co-host Tommy Vietor tweeted. “Trump campaigned against the disastrous decision to invade Iraq, but Bolton remains unrepentant and is now arguing to strike North Korea. Disaster.”
John Bolton as National Security Advisor is the worst case scenario. Trump campaigned against the disastrous decision to invade Iraq, but Bolton remains unrepentant and is now arguing to strike North Korea. Disaster.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) March 22, 2018
The Young Turk’s Emma Vigeland, meanwhile, noted that national security adviser is “a position that doesn’t require Senate confirmation, by the way.”
John Bolton, the biggest warmonger in America, is likely Trump's next National Security Advisor… a position that doesn't require Senate confirmation, by the way.https://t.co/wtneWYXdcH
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) March 22, 2018
Check out more responses below:
The President is surrounding himself with combative lawyers. He’s replacing Tillerson and McMaster with Pompeo and Bolton.
It’s almost like the President is preparing to go to war in the legal and foreign relations sense…
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) March 22, 2018
DO NOT CONGRATULATE
— Suzanne Kelleher (@SuzanneKelleher) March 22, 2018
Trump ran hard against foreign interventions – but he ultimately supported Iraq at the time & strongly pushed for the Libya intervention, overthrow of Mubarak, etc. Bolton will push those instincts.
The important thing to remember is Trump is not actually non-interventionist.
— andrew kaczynski🧐 (@KFILE) March 22, 2018
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
Hold on to your hats, folks. How the White House gets ready for this North Korea summit in May amid all this turnover is beyond me… https://t.co/OI6jOUuUIK
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) March 22, 2018
Initially when I heard it was Bolton taking over I was excited…then I heard it was JOHN BOLTON and was terrified. 😳😳🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/3ywI7eNuaW
— rebbrad (@red__RD) March 22, 2018
— Martin “Cleansing Nuclear Fire” Pfeiffer🏳️🌈 (@NuclearAnthro) March 22, 2018
That bad huh? Is John Bolton that radical? pic.twitter.com/pHHdl8gR3N
— Joynation (@siliconred) March 22, 2018