Trump considers John Bolton for Secretary of State

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In a radio interview today Donald Trump said that he was seriously considering appointing John Bolton as his secretary of state.

This could simply be pandering by Trump to the conservative audience he was speaking to, or it could be a real trail balloon. Either way, it emphasizes again that the policies of a president is largely determined by the people he surrounds himself with, first by indicating the direction the president is leaning, and second by providing counsel to that president. So far, the majority of Trump’s picks have leaned to the right, with some exceptions. Bolton would emphasize that rightward direction, and this is a very good thing.

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  • wayne

    Mr. Z.,
    yes, appreciate & notice you don’t dwell on the daily stupid-stuff.

    As for Bolton– I like him.

  • Cotour

    Liberals heads will explode if this come to fruition.

    I happen to like John Bolton very much, he is plain spoken and no non sense, an actual American. What a concept, a Secretary Of State that has Americas strategic interests at the fore front of his mind. The contrast between Bolton and Kerry will make Kerry look like the internationalist traitor that he is (if you can not see it plainly in front of your face now)

    Yeah, Trump is “crazy”, and remember, he is not a rock ribbed Conservative so make sure that you vote for someone else so we have ma Barker as the president. (how she is till in this race goes to the fact that the Democrats are as corrupted as any political party can become. October should be very revealing)

  • Theresa

    I like John Bolton also. I have no problem with him being Secretary of State. Better than the last 2!!!

  • Cotour

    With John Bolton as Secretary of State things like this never happen.

    And the money to accomplish it ($150 billion as per Obama and the Iran deal. And people say he’s not a Muslim / Muslim sympathizer) does not exist, not without actual and real demonstrable concessions anyway.

  • Cotour

    How will this FACT be reconciled by the voting public? And still be able to vote for Hillary?

    The Clintons “made” almost one quarter of a BILLION DOLLARS in income since leaving the White House. Let that sink in for a moment. What have they provided and for who for that kind of compensation? And that quarter of a BILLION DOLLARS does not include the money poured into her Foundation, over two BILLION DOLLARS. (now thats real money)

    This is not something that can be unseen.

  • Laurie

    John Bolton said Edward Snowden should swing from a tall oak tree.

    That might be an improvement over what we’ve had, but an intangible one at best.

    No, you can’t put someone like that in office!

  • Cotour

    While Trump may be pandering to the harder right mentioning Bolton’s name, he is probably the most well versed and knowledgeable politician related to international relations. Would he get cleared in any related hearings?

    As for Snowden, I think he may be counting on a pardon from the current president in order to come home. Although I hear he is raking it in $$$ doing speaking engagements. Snowden is both a hero and a traitor, I can argue both sides. It wouldn’t bother me if he received the pardon but I understand Boltons point of view.

    If Bolton wants Snowden hung then anyone who ran their own server sending and receiving confidential government communications and lied about it should be next on line right after him. I am sure both of them have cost someone, somewhere their life. The Patriot act and how it came to be sullies Boltons position on this subject IMO.

    But he would be a no nonsense, take no prisoners Secretary Of State, your right, he would never get through.

  • Dick Eagleson

    Whether or not Bolton could be conformed in the Senate is mainly a matter of whether or not the Republicans keep or lose their current majority in that body after November. If the Republicans keep the Senate and Trump gets elected, I don’t see him being the least bit sentimental about the whole filibuster thing. If Democrats want to use the scraps of super-majority cloture that are left after their own frontal assaults on same, I think Trump can finish what Obama and Harry Reid started and put whomever he wants in his cabinet – and on the Supreme Court for that matter.

    That said, while I think Bolton would be an excellent choice, he’s decidedly a foreign policy hawk, which Trump is not. How that would work out in practice if, say, the Russians suddenly decided to get grabby in the Baltics, might be interesting, but not necessarily in a good way. I’m going to vote for Trump anyway, despite my California residency rendering this gesture moot, because, as I’ve said many times, Trump is a risk but Hillary is a certainty – of disaster.

  • ken anthony

    Absolutely noticed and appreciated. You do a great job.

    I’ve liked what I’ve heard Bolton say in the past, but I don’t really know him. He doesn’t seem like the kind of guy foreign nations can push around. If Bolton and Trump differ, I see that as a good thing and an endorsement of Trump in choosing him.

  • Localfluff

    I’m a total outsider here, but come on!
    John Bolton? No, that’s just one of Donald’s jokes.
    Maybe you are looking at the trees while I see the forest from a little distance.

  • Localfluff

    Edward Snowden as secretary of state! That would give headlines and headaches. All MSM is totally anti-Trump already so it doesn’t matter what he does. It can’t get any worse media wise. (Which is pretty stupid for his opponents to do, they have already gone all in, have nothing to negotiate about anymore, pretty stupid I’d say, but I’m not a poker player).

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