Rand Paul Vows to Block John Bolton as Deputy Secretary of State

Rand Paul Vows to Block John Bolton as Deputy Secretary of State | Insists ultrahawk Bolton ‘doesn’t get it’

President-elect Donald Trump is facing criticism for other nominations, but none may be so impactful as Sen. Rand Paul’s (R – KY) promise to oppose John Bolton’s nomination as Deputy Secretary of State, saying the ultrahawkish Bolton is “an automatic no.”

John Bolton doesn’t get it. He still believes in regime change. He’s still a big cheerleader for the Iraq War,” Paul noted. Indeed, Bolton appears far afield of the foreign policy Trump has advocated, and Bolton’s open aversion to diplomacy makes him an odd choice in the State Department.

Since Sen. Paul serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he might be in a position to actually do something about this nomination. The committee is split 10-9 Republicans to Democrats, and if the Democrats are unanimous in opposing him, as they may well, Paul could keep his approval from getting out of committee.

Paul expressed openness at Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, saying he’s going to reserve judgement on him, but that Bolton “should get nowhere close to the State Department.”

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  • RickR35

    Go Paul! Bolton must be stopped.

  • John_Smith001

    I hope he does, maybe Rand Paul will redeem himself after his disappointing presidential campaign. John Bolton shouldn’t be trusted to flip burgers.

    • Eileen Kuch

      Absolutely, John. Picking John “Bonkers” Bolton as Deputy Secretary of State’s just as stupid and dangerous as picking him for Secretary of State. Just look at how dangerous Victoria “F the EU” Nudelman aka Nuland has been and still is. She orchestrated the violent overthrow of the legitimate govt of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in February, 2014, that created the chaos and financial collapse of that Eastern European nation. Now, the EU and the IMF have turned their backs on the current, illegitimate regime in Kiev.
      I believe Rand Paul has learned from his mistakes in his presidential campaign and block “Bonkers” Bolton’s nomination, should Donald Trump pick him for that job. I doubt Trump is that stupid. Since he didn’t choose Dana Rohrabacher for the top State Dept job, he should redeem himself and pick Rohrabacher for the second spot.

    • The Basilica

      Flipping burgers might be one of the few things he can be trusted in doing. Or will he try to blow that up, too?

  • John Bolton is a rabid right wing Zionist Christian extremist.
    He is also the Chairman of the Gatestone Institute, which is owned by Nina Rosenwald (who sits on many boards including the Council on Foreign Relations). On one hand the Gatestone Institute peddles anxiety to the European and American people regarding Refugees. On the other hand people like BOLTON participated in created the situation in the first place, by promoting the wars/invasions. Rosenwald supports many organizations that are helping the Refugees…..then turns around and publishes articles condemning the Refugees. Something isn’t right about these people at all.

  • richard young

    As a disgusted ex-Democrat, I find it particularly disgusting that Democratic “leaders” such as Senator Schumer are unfurling their white flags while Republican Senator Paul is left alone to battle disastrous Trump appointments such as John Bolton.

    • curmudgeonvt

      Schumer may be a democrat on the outside but he’s an Israel-Firster to his core, make no mistake about that. Though unconfirmed by Schumer, it is thought by some that he is also a dual Israeli-US citizen.

      • Eileen Kuch

        Schumer’s trying to hide that fact, but it’s too late; the cat’s already long out of the bag. Retired Congressman Dr. Ron Paul outed him a decade ago as a dual Israeli-US citizen.
        BTW, doesn’t the Constitution forbid dual citizens from holding federal govt office, including Congress?

        • curmudgeonvt

          I believe that Congress passed a law to exempt Israel from any conflict with existing laws…can’t remember though.

  • lordbaldric

    Godspeed, Rand Paul.

  • Timothy1212

    “Indeed, Bolton appears far afield of the foreign policy Trump has advocated”

    Are we sure about that? Trump’s getting pretty neoconish with China (which is now in response deploying more missles on their artificial islands and displaying their nuclear bombers)….

    President-elect Donald Trump questioned whether the United States had to be bound by its longstanding position that Taiwan is part of “one China” and brushed aside Beijing’s concerns about his decision to accept a phone call from Taiwan’s president.

    “I fully understand the ‘one China policy,’ but I don’t know why we have to be bound by a ‘one China policy’ unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade,” Trump said on an interview with Fox News Sunday.

  • Pat Dunne

    Bolton need to be held accountable for past policy mistakes.

    • dahoit

      Yeah Bolton sucks,but so do every other neolibcon in DC,and this Trump alleged appointment of demons is getting ridiculous,as non so far of the shrub era assholes has made the grade,so shut up Rand,you loser who capitulated to zion like a slave.
      You could have been a contender,sigh.
      The whole zionist apparatus,and their CIA is against Trump,and idiots can’t see the forest for the tree of their purity.
      Know your enemy,knuckleheads.
      zionist silhouettes.

  • GeorgyOrwell

    I was for Bernie, despised HRC with venom, have little use for the Democratic Party anymore, and I am trying very hard to be open minded about DT who I view as a very mixed bag of very good and very bad.

    I could not agree more with Rand. He and and his father are great Americans even though they are a bit too conservative for my blood, I never the less deeply respect them both. They are a ray of hope in the insane asylum that is the Republican Party.

    Bolton is completely radio active.

  • Ishmael Lite

    While he’s at it, maybe Sen. Paul oughta issue a blanket condemnation of rewards all around for the entire regime change crowd; to include Bolton, Cambone, Feith, Hi-C., Wolfowitz; really, Bolton & his ilk should be at Camp X-Ray, w/ tubes up their @$$e$ & noses.

    Not sure what swamp Trump wants to drain, but since he appears to’ve never met an interventionist he didn’t wanna appoint to a depy. Supreme Being post, it’s not the one they paved over w/ WDC.

  • Bastiat

    Anyone who supports Bolton for a position in the State Department cannot be trusted. Hopefully Sen. Paul’s efforts will do a lot of good.

  • The Basilica

    Few of Trump’s picks are baffling. Cohn? Jamie Dimon? Bolton? Cohn and Dimon as head economic advisers might be scarier than Bolton as deputy Sec of State. At least there Bolton is just #2.

  • Mary Myers

    Fox News is pushing, pushing for John Bolton. He is on the network constantly trying to fool everyone into thinking that he is a rational actor. He is not! If Trump puts him in as Sec. of State or Deputy Sec. of State, Trump will be making a big mistake.

  • Joji Cherian

    Who cares for Rand Paul?In the end he himself will vote for Bolten.If the Lobby and Netinyahu decides to have Bolten.