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 decisi… https://t.co/FY3CpDkTMB— Tommy Vietor (@Tommy Vietor)1521757715.0
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… https://t.co/rF1X2fMrDe— Emma Vigeland (@Emma Vigeland)1521750509.0
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The President is surrounding himself with combative lawyers. He’s replacing Tillerson and McMaster with Pompeo and… https://t.co/wwl8t5r3kr— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss)1521757721.0
With the appointments of Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, @realDonaldTrump is successfully lining up his war cabinet. B… https://t.co/ENxgUMjvTW— Ed Markey (@Ed Markey)1521758697.0
That’s it. We’re all gonna die. https://t.co/Yyk6z9mhq0— KU (@KU)1521757960.0
Hold on to your hats, folks. How the White House gets ready for this North Korea summit in May amid all this turnov… https://t.co/aMZRRaxEr5— David Nakamura (@David Nakamura)1521757735.0
Initially when I heard it was Bolton taking over I was excited...then I heard it was JOHN BOLTON and was terrified.… https://t.co/ZoGp5v8ggE— r*bbr*d (@r*bbr*d)1521759389.0
In case you need an introduction/reminder to the sort of thinker John Bolton is, this poorly argued piece is from F… https://t.co/MUkmwSJ4mA— Martin “Black Lives Matter” Pfeiffer 🏳️🌈 (@Martin “Black Lives Matter” Pfeiffer 🏳️🌈)1521759019.0
@ianbremmer @EurasiaGroup That bad huh? Is John Bolton that radical? https://t.co/pHHdl8gR3N— Joynation of House Bucks (@Joynation of House Bucks)1521760475.0
John Bolton is replacing McMaster? https://t.co/XsAwUjmA65— Jacob the Snowman ⛄️ (@Jacob the Snowman ⛄️)1521759459.0