As speculation grows over who President-elect Trump will nominate to vital cabinet posts, former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton is appearing increasingly likely to fill the shoes that were once filled by Trump’s vanquished election opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Speaking publicly on former Trump Presidential campaign CEO and future White House Advisor Steve Bannon’s Sirius XM show in June, Bolton declared that the United States’ military might had diminished significantly under President Barack Obama’s administration.
Bolton tore into Obama “dipping” into foreign policy matters, essentially diluting the American exceptionalism that has defined American strength internationally.
Bolton went on to rubbish Obama’s “Pivot to Asia”, saying,”The United States doesn’t pivot”.
“We are everywhere because our interests are everywhere. We do need to pay more attention to the threat of an aggressive, really a near-belligerent China in the South China Sea and the East China Sea. We need to worry about North Korea’s ongoing nuclear and ballistic-missile programs.”
NON-INTERVENTIONIST POLITICIANS, INCLUDING REPUBLICANS SUCH AS SENATOR RAND PAUL, HAVE DECRIED JOHN BOLTON’S CONSIDERATION FOR THE ROLE OF SECRETARY OF STATE.
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) November 15, 2016
Senator Paul represents the libertarian wing of the conservative Republican party, which has clashed in the past with Bolton, who represents a hawkish, neo-conservative worldview within the party.
This is quite something: Fox News Libertarians vs. John Bolton http://t.co/RiDv0sZ3OK
— Danny Vinik (@DannyVinik) June 17, 2014