Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) applauded President Donald Trump’s firing of his national security, John Bolton, through Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 10.
“You know, I think the threat of war around the world is greatly diminished with Bolton out of the White House,” Paul told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto on Tuesday afternoon, after President Trump’s tweet about dismissing Bolton.
“I commend @realDonaldTrump for this necessary action. The President has great instincts on foreign policy and ending our endless wars. He should be served by those who share those views.” Paul tweeted in response to the president.
“I think he had a naive point of view for the world that we should topple regimes everywhere and institute democratic governments, and we would make the world perfect or remake the world in our image and, frankly, it doesn’t work that way.” Paul said. “The problem is when people like Bolton say they want to topple Gadhafi and make Libya into this great American-style republic, they don’t elect Thomas Jefferson, they elect another religious leader who becomes an autocrat in place of one religious leader or autocrat.”
Paul believes that the answer to “finding a diplomatic solution of some of these conflicts around the world” is “not regime change.”
“I think the president deserves to have somebody who’s his national security adviser who actually will try to further his policy and not try to stymie it.” Paul noted. “I hope the president can find somebody who actually listens to what the president says.”
“This president is extraordinary. In his State of the Union, he said great nations don’t fight perpetual war. And he’s absolutely right,” Paul said.
The Paul believes that President Trump “could do something really heroic and dramatic in getting us out of the war in Afghanistan.”
“And I think he would,” he continued. “If he didn’t have people working for him who were contradicting and countermanding his orders and had their own agenda.”
Paul emphasized that Bolton was “working against the president’s agenda” and “he has his own agenda.”
“And when the president was trying to negotiate a deal with North Korea, you got Bolton out there saying we should try ‘the Libyan solution’ which means we should execute their leader,” Paul said. “That’s not very helpful to any negotiated settlement with North Korea or any country.”
Paul concluded by pointing out that President Trump “needs to find somebody who has the guts to stand up to the orthodoxy, not someone who is part of the swamp.”