Rand Paul Opposes John Bolton As No. 2 State Department Pick

AP

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a critic of former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, said on Sunday that he would oppose Bolton’s nomination as the No. 2 leader in the State Department.

Trump is reportedly considering Bolton to serve as the deputy secretary of state under Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson.

During an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Paul said that he would oppose Bolton’s nomination to serve under Tillerson.

“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,” he said. “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.”

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