Neal Statement on the Appointment of John Bolton as National Security Adviser
(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement today after President Donald J. Trump appointed John R. Bolton as his 3rd national security advisor in 14 months. Bolton replaces Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster who will resign from his position in April.
“I am troubled by President Trump’s decision to make John Bolton the new national security advisor. His provocative and confrontational rhetoric have raised concerns not only in the United States, but with our friends and allies around the world. And his frequent advocacy of preemptive military force against Iran and North Korea should worry every American. As someone who voted against the Iraq war, which Bolton continues to unapologetically to support, I sincerely question his judgement and perspective. Lt. Gen McMaster was a steady hand who understood the importance of conventional foreign policy and diplomacy. Unfortunately, he is being replace by someone who has a long record promoting aggression and regime change.”