Trump Replaces National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster With Conspiracy Theorist & Iraq War Propagandist John Bolton
President Donald Trump has replaced his National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster with John Bolton, a conspiracy theorist, Fox News contributor and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under Pres. George W. Bush.
McMaster was reportedly going to be let go last week, but White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied reports, which turned out to be true, noted CBS News.
White House officials told The New York Times that McMaster had been discussing his departure with Trump for several weeks.
Officials claimed Trump wanted to fill out his national security team before his meeting with North Korea, a country that Bolton wants to pre-emptively bomb.
The Economist reported in 2006 that Bolton’s tenure at the United Nations was marked by “his inability, or unwillingness, to make friends and build alliances.”
While working as undersecretary of state for arms control under Bush, Bolton repeatedly falsely claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and had his staff write a speech that Cuba had an active biological weapons program, which was not true, notes Vox.
After shaping false pre-war intelligence about Iraq, Bolton was promoted to U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by Bush.
There was strong opposition to Bolton in this position from Senate Republicans so Bush had to name Bolton during a congressional recess in August 2005, reports Vox.
Trump originally turned down Bolton for secretary of state because he did not like his mustache, reported The Washington Post in 2017.
Bolton told POLITICO that the White House had refused to set up a meeting with him and Trump in August 2017.
Media Matters notes that Bolton, who has no military combat experience, has also advocated pre-emptive attacks on Iran and North Korea.
Bolton also has a history of spreading conspiracy theories, reports Media Matters:
After the CIA concluded that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election, Bolton said the country’s hacking of Democratic National Committee emails actually could have been a “false flag operation” to misleadingly implicate Russia.
Bolton disseminated multiple conspiracy theories regarding the investigation of the 2012 terrorist attacks against U.S. government facilities in Benghazi… He also claimed then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faked a “diplomatic illness” to avoid testifying.
Bolton defended former Rep. Michele Bachmann for suggesting the Muslim Brotherhood had infiltrated the US government.
Media Matters notes that Bolton “chairs the ‘anti-Muslim’ Gatestone Institute” and “has ties to anti-Muslim extremists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.”
NPR reports that Bolton made a propaganda video (below) in 2013 for the Right to Bear Arms, a Russian gun-rights group launched by Putin ally Alexander Torshin.
In the video, Bolton claimed guns were needed in the U.S. to gather food and protect families, but made no mention of the 30,000 Americans killed every year by guns:
This right has assured Americans of their freedom to engage in two critical acts of survival: the gathering of food and the protection of their families by all appropriate means.