MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough reacted to rumors that not only EXXON exec Rex Tillerson may serve in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet as secretary of state, but veteran foreign policy expert John Bolton will serve as the second-most senior diplomat in the department. “Bolton doesn’t have what it takes to nail the place down,” Scarborough said. “And by the way why would Donald Trump pick a guy who still thinks invading Iraq was a good idea?”
Scarborough was echoing the same criticism of Bolton that was hurled by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on December 11. In a television interview yesterday, Paul said that while he is willing to consider the nomination of Tillerson to State, Bolton merits an automatic “No” vote. Paul said that Bolton’s advocacy of “nation-building” in the aftermath of the Iraq War that was launched by George W. Bush makes Bolton a persona non grata, in his estimation.
“This is madness by the way. I keep hearing John Bolton’s name. This guy still believes — knowing everything that we know — that we should have invaded Iraq,” Scarborough continued incredulously.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski of “Morning Joe” was less convinced that Bolton is headed to the State Department. She said today, “I don’t believe it. It’s not gonna happen.”
In an interview on Fox News yesterday, Bolton dismissed reports that the CIA believes that Russia interfered in the election. He said suggested that the reports may have been fabricated. “We have to know the facts here. It is not at all clear to me, just viewing this from the outside, that this hacking into the DNC and the RNC computers was not a false flag operation.”
Bolton, who served under George W. Bush as America's ambassador to the United Nations, appeared on Fox’s America’s Election HQ, said that there should be “grave consequences” if Russia interfered with the election. However, he raised questions about the source of the reports. Eric Shawn, who also appeared on the show, challenged the former ambassador and asked whether he thinks President Obama or the intelligence community is trying to "throw something."
Bolton said he believes that the intelligence community has been “politicized” by Obama administration. He asked why Russia would “leave fingerprints” in their hack of the Democratic National Committee but leave no evidence of any alleged hack of Hillary Clinton‘s private email server. “We would want to know who else might want to influence the election and why they would leave fingerprints that point to the Russians. That’s why I say until we know more about how the intelligence community came to this conclusion we don’t know whether it is Russian inspired or a false flag.”