Sen. Rand Paul has been an outspoken opponent of President-elect Donald Trump selecting either former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani or former UN Ambassador John Bolton as secretary of state.
Tuesday night, Sen. Paul took his opposition a step further.
Appearing on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News, Paul repeated his charge that the biggest problem with Bolton is that he hasn’t learned any lessons from the Iraq War — an intervention Bolton still defends — a war Trump has called time and again a “disaster.” Paul said Trump should appoint a secretary of state who actually agrees with Trump on this important issue.
Paul told Carlson, “The secretary of state needs to be a diplomat that tries to look for solutions other than war.”
“So for example, if I were contrasting John Bolton with anybody else on the planet, I would say almost everybody else on the planet is more likely to advocate for war being the last resort,” Paul continued, “whereas I would worry that John Bolton would advocate for war being the first resort.”
Carlson responded, “So it’s John Bolton, as you put it, versus ‘everyone else on the planet’ – that does not sound like a ringing endorsement.”
“Everyone else on the planet comes in ahead of John Bolton” Paul reiterated.
In an op-ed for Rare earlier this month, Sen. Paul wrote, “President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on changing our disastrous foreign policy. To appoint John Bolton would be a major first step toward breaking that promise.”
Disclosure: I co-authored Senator Rand Paul’s 2011 book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.”