Rand Paul: With Bolton Out, Threat of War ‘Diminished’

There is a better chance of world peace with John Bolton out of President Donald Trump’s administration, Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday. 

“I think the threat of war around the world is greatly diminished with Bolton out of the White House,” the Kentucky Republican told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, while commenting on the now-ex National Security Adviser’s exit earlier in the day. “I think he had a naive point of view for the world that we should topple regimes everywhere and institute democratic governments and we would make the world perfect or remake the world in our image, and frankly, it doesn’t work that way.”

President Donald Trump has been talking about finding diplomatic solutions for the conflicts around the world, instead of following D.C.’s history of getting rid of Middle East strongmen, only to have them replaced by “vacuums or chaos,” Paul added 

“The president deserves to have somebody who’s his national security adviser who actually will try to further his policy and not try to stymie it,” said the senator.

Cavuto told Paul. his colleague, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had commented that he hopes Bolton’s departure doesn’t mean Trump has been convinced to go soft on Iran. 

However, Paul said he thinks the departure is more about whether the United States should intervene everywhere or if diplomacy should be given a try. 

“The problem is is when people like Bolton (say) we are going to topple (Muammar) Gadhafi and make Libya into a great American-style republic, they don’t elect Thomas Jefferson,” said Paul. “They elect another religious leader who becomes an autocrat in place of one religious leader or autocrat.”

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