Rand Paul: John Bolton ‘Should Get Nowhere Close’ to State Department


Senator Rand Paul has become one of the most vocal critics of some of the people Donald Trump is considering for important administration positions. Paul criticized both Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton over reports they were both being considered for Secretary of State.

But now that Giuliani is out of the running, Paul is now very focused on opposing former UN ambassador Bolton as he’s reportedly being considered not just for the top job, but also for deputy Secretary of State.

On ABC’s This Week today, Paul told George Stephanopoulos he’s going to reserve judgment on Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson (reportedly Trump’s pick for Secretary of State), but he drew a line in the sand on Bolton:

“I do know that John Bolton doesn’t get it. He still believes in regime change. He’s still a big cheerleader for the Iraq war. He’s promoted a nuclear attack by Israel on Iran. He wants to do regime change in Iran. So, I think John Bolton is so far out of it and has such a naive understanding of the world. If he were to be the assistant or the undersecretary for Tillerson, I’m an out automatic no on Bolton. He should get nowhere close to the State Department if anybody with the same worldview is in charge.”

He credited Trump with speaking out against regime change while saying, “John Bolton thinks completely the opposite. They are diametric opposites.”

“I’ll do anything to try to prevent John Bolton from getting any position,” Paul concluded, “because I think his worldview is naive. He believes we’re going to spread democracy. We’re going to topple governments everywhere and they’re going to elect Thomas Jefferson. That’s not the way it works in the Middle East.”

Watch above, via ABC.

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