Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wondered aloud on social media if the exit of John Bolton from the Trump administration is the result of machinations by the “deep state.”
Cruz aired his suspicions from his Twitter account.
“John Bolton is a friend, and he has devoted his life to defending our national security, including providing wise counsel to multiple administrations,” he tweeted.
“I sincerely hope his leaving the White House does not mean that the deep-state forces at State and Treasury—who have been fighting tooth and nail to preserve the Obama Iran nuclear deal—have finally convinced the president to go soft on Iran,” he added.
The “deep state” is the phrase used by allies of President Donald Trump to describe a secret group of anti-Trump activists in the government that is allegedly using their power to undermine his policies.
Bolton was unceremoniously fired on Tuesday via a pair of tweets from the president that stunned many. Bolton responded by tweeting his own version of what happened in contrast to the president’s version.
Cruz’s comments were in stark opposition to the opinion of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who unleashed a torrent of criticism against Bolton and his “naive” “neo-con” foreign policy ideals, as he described them.
“You need to try to further the president’s agenda. My opinion is that I saw John Bolton working against the president’s agenda,” said Paul.
“He had his own agenda,” he concluded.
Here’s more about Bolton’s exit:
Trump says he fired Bolton, Bolton says he resigned