Former UN Ambassador John Bolton Named to Replace McMaster As NSA

As President Trump tries to find the right balance in his leadership team, plenty of faces are changing around the administration’s table. Last night, he kept his HR team hopping, ousting H.R. McMaster and announcing the appointment of new National Security Advisor John Bolton. And if the Left’s panic is any indication, he’s the perfect man for the job.

A former U.N. Ambassador, Bolton has years of foreign policy experience and a tough, no-nonsense approach to American threats. As Breitbart points out, that’s exactly what some liberals are afraid of. From Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to Chris Coons (D-Del.), Democrats tweeted out their despair at the pick.

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Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) was even less diplomatic.

Others fanned the hysterical flames with warnings that America was headed for nuclear war and an Iranian disaster.

Israelis, on the other hand, were thrilled. At least three leaders congratulated the man they consider a “stalwart friend of Israel.” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked posted in Hebrew that “President Trump continues to appoint true friends of Israel to senior positions. John Bolton is one of the most outstanding.”

Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren also cheered the move, insisting, “The days of the nuclear agreement, which is terrible in its current form, are nearing an end.”

After his stint as United Nations ambassador, he routinely criticized the U.N. for its liberal stances on life, sexuality, and religious liberty. As recently as 2015, he told a crowd of Alliance Defending Freedom supporters, “You’re debating a resolution on the circumstances of the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians [at the U.N.], and suddenly there’ll be language about ‘reproductive rights,’ or ‘women in the Israeli-occupied territories.’ And you say, ‘Wait a minute. This is hard enough as it is. Where did we get into ‘reproductive rights?'”

“… In the abstract,” he said, “how bad does [reproductive rights] sound?” But, he went on, “we know that that’s a code word for abortion. That’s what that’s about. So when it comes up it may sound like you’re quibbling over semantics, but obviously you’re not. And where the danger, I think, multiplies in the U.N. system, in this huge, sprawling organization that does so much” is in a strange phenomenon Bolton said he had seen “over and over again.” “It comes up in a conference on the environment, where suddenly the consequences of global warming include impairing the reproductive rights of women.” To the audience’s laughter, he said, “I’ve seen it come up in arms control negotiations; I mean it’s unbelievable.”

FRC’s Travis Weber is optimistic because Bolton has a history of sticking to the law on issues of international law — “instead of using it as an activist launching pad as so many do.” This ought to encourage conservatives, he said, “because it means Bolton will be inclined to view international law properly — and not in a way that permits sexual orientation/gender identity (SOGI) measures, abortion, and religious hostility. He’s critical of the abuses of legal activism at the U.N. and in the international context. He properly recognizes nation-state sovereignty, instead of improperly subjugating it to a morass of activist-defined international “law” which is really not legally binding at all.”

All in all, Bolton is an excellent pick. This selection, combined with the recent announcement of Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State, would put an A-team in place for Trump — and the American people.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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