“A disaster for our country.”
The president responsible for one of the biggest foreign policy blunders of the late-20th century says that President Trump’s choosing of John Bolton as his national security advisor is his “worst mistake” thus far.
Speaking with “CBS This Morning,” former President Jimmy Carter expressed concern over Trump choosing John Bolton, calling it “ill-advised.”
“I have been concerned at some of the things he’s decided. I think his last choice for national security advisor was very ill-advised. I think John Bolton has been the worst mistake he’s made,” Carter said on Monday.
Speaking with USA Today, the former president went even further in his attacks on John Bolton, calling him a “warlike figure” that will bring disaster.
“Maybe one of the worst mistakes that President Trump has made since he’s been in office is his employment of John Bolton, who has been advocating a war with North Korea for a long time and even an attack on Iran, and who has been one of the leading figures on orchestrating the decision to invade Iraq,” Carter said. “A disaster for our country.”
Ultimately, Carter feels that President Trump has specifically eliminated diverse members of his cabinet to get a bunch of “yes” men.
“I am concerned as a matter of fact about his deliberate moves to get into the key positions of government just people who agree with him,” Carter said. “Access to different opinions before you make a final decision is very valuable, and in the last few days I think President Trump’s choice of close advisors, powerful advisors, have gone to unanimity rather than diversity.”
During the reign of President Carter, the United States lost Iran as an ally when the Islamist government of Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah. Carter’s embarrassment of the United States on the international stage reached fever-pitch levels during the Iran hostage crisis when 52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days.