'Earlier this week, Donald Trump tapped a charter member of the Tea Party to lead the State Department and an established torturer to head the CIA. Both appointments were perfectly monstrous, but if there is a governing law of this administration, it's that things can always get worse. Consider the president's rumored replacement for national security adviser H.R. McMaster: According to multiple outlets, Trump has met with John Bolton at the White House and could offer him the position as early as next week.
That the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has the president's ear at all should be a cause for concern. Over the course of his checkered career, Bolton has proven himself a hawk of the first order, enthusiastically endorsing the war in Iraq and more recently calling for a first strike on North Korea. He'd almost certainly encourage Trump to flex his military might, and with the president's approval numbers floundering and a wave election looming, there's every reason to believe Trump could take his advice.
If you won't take our word for it, here's what George W. Bush's White House ethics lawyer, Richard Painter, had to say about his former colleague:
'John Bolton was by far the most dangerous man we had in the entire eight years of the Bush administration. Hiring him as the president's top national security advisor is an invitation to war, perhaps nuclear war. This must be stopped at all costs.'
Here are six reasons we should all hold our breath Trump doesn't add this real-life version of Jack D. Ripper to his cabinet.'
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