Morning Joe Sounds Alarm on John Bolton: Trump ‘Is Assembling a War Cabinet’


Morning Joe’s panel on Friday morning sounded the alarm on the hiring of John Bolton — with MSNBC national security analyst Jeremy Bash claiming it reveals President Donald Trump “is assembling a war cabinet.”

Trump tapped Bolton, a hardline advocate of the Iraq War who served as Bush’s Ambassador to the United Nations, to replace H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser.

Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski kicked off a segment on the new hire by reading excerpts from fiancé and co-host Joe Scarborough’s op-ed on Bolton, which decries the Fox News commentator for his hawkishness.

Willie Geist pointed out that Bolton recently called for the bombing of North Korea, and during the Obama administration called for the bombing of Iran.

“I think the president is assembling a war cabinet,” Jeremy Bash said. “To take a war to Bob Mueller, he’s got Joe diGenova. To take a trade war to China he’s got Larry Kudlow.”

“And now to actually have a real war he’s got John Bolton, and the only question is will we find ourselves in a military conflict vis a vis North Korea, or Iran, or both.”

John Heilemann added that Bolton has been consistent in his views: “It’s going to be unrestrained, it’s going to be interventionist, it’s going to be undiplomatic.”

“We are going to be in for a very rough, if not a calamitous time ahead.”

“This is a bucking bronco,” Brzezinski said.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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