Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said that if President-elect Donald Trump selects former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton as secretary of state, he will work against the appointment.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to stop someone like John Bolton being secretary of state,” Paul said, reports Politico. “He’s opposed to everything Donald Trump ran on: that the Iraq war was a mistake, regime change made us less safe in the Middle East, including in Iraq ... I don’t know how a President Trump could appoint someone who’s diametrically opposed to everything Donald Trump ran on.”
Paul, a former Republican presidential candidate during the 2016 GOP primary, is a libertarian-leaning conservative who criticizes U.S. foreign policy as being too interventionist. During his campaign, Trump also frequently criticized U.S. military actions abroad.
But Bolton is a pro-interventionist war hawk, says Paul.
“Bolton is a longtime member of the failed Washington elite that Trump vowed to oppose, hell-bent on repeating virtually every foreign policy mistake the U.S. has made in the last 15 years -- particularly those Trump promised to avoid as president,” Paul wrote in a column for Rare.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has also been rumored to be a potential secretary of state, but Paul said he wouldn't be a wise choice, either.
“If you look at Giuliani’s statements, you will find he has advocated bombing Iran, he has advocated for intervention, to my knowledge he’s never admitted the Iraq war was a mistake,” Paul said. “To me, a big part of what Donald Trump said, in hundreds of speeches, was that the Iraq war was a mistake. I don’t know how you could appoint someone to be in charge of the Department of State who believes the Iraq war was a benefit.”