Rand Paul: Bolton was working against Trump


LOT TO DO WITH BIGGER ISSUES AND NO ILL WILL TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THAT WAS THEN. THIS IS NOW. KENTUCKY REPUBLICAN SENATOR RAND PAUL, GOOD TO SEE YOU. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS?>>I THINK THE THREAT OF WAR AROUND THE WORLD IS GREATLY DIMINISHED WITH BOLTON OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. 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 DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY. THERE’S A LOT OF HISTORY OF GETTING RID OF STRONGMEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND HAVING THEM REPLACED BY VACUUMS OR CHAOS. OR ACTUALLY MAKING THE PLACE MORE HOSPITABLE FOR TERRORIST TRAINING. I THINK HIS IDEA THAT THE WAY YOU DEAL WITH IRAN IS TOPPLE THE GOVERNMENT OR THE WHALE — THE WAY YOU DEAL WITH NORTH KOREA IS TOPPLE THE GOVERNMENT. THE PRESIDENT IS TALKING ABOUT NOT HAVING REGIME CHANGE AND FINDING A DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION OF SOME OF THESE CONFLICTS AROUND THE WORLD, AND I THINK THE PRESIDENT DESERVES TO HAVE SOMEBODY WHO’S HIS NATIONAL SECURITY VISOR WHO ACTUALLY WILL TRY TO FURTHER HAS POLICY AND NOT TRY TO STYMIE IT.>>Neil: CENTER, YOUR COLLEAGUE TED CRUZ DIDN’T QUITE FEEL THE SAME WAY. HE SAID I SINCERELY HOPE IS LEAVING REFERRING TO BOLTON DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE DEEP STATE FORCES AT STATE AND TREASURER WHO BEEN FIGHTING TOOTH AND NAIL TO PRESERVE THE OBAMA IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL HAVE FINALLY CONVINCED THE PRESIDENT TO GO SOFT ON IRAN. WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF IT?>>I THINK IT’S MORE ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN INTERVENE EVERYWHERE AND WHETHER WE SHOULD HAVE REGIME CHANGE AND WHETHER WE SHOULD TRY DIPLOMACY. WHETHER WE SEE THE WORLD AS IT IS AND TRY TO WORK WITHIN THE WORLD AND ENGAGE WITH PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD OR WHETHER WE SAY OH, WE MUST HAVE A PERFECT THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADER IN EVERY COUNTRY. THE PROBLEM IS IS WHEN PEOPLE LIKE BOLTON’S AND WE ARE GOING TO TOPPLE QADDAFI AND MAKE LIBYA INTO A 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. I THINK THE MIDDLE EAST IN MANY PLACES THAT HAVE BEEN RULED BY STRONGMEN, THE ANSWER ISN’T MILITARY REGIME CHANGE AND I THINK BOLTON WAS VERY WRONG AND I EVEN AS A WORLDVIEW. I’M GLAD TO SEE THEM GONE. 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’S HAD GREAT NATIONS DON’T FIGHT PERPETUAL WAR. HE’S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, BUT THAT DEFIES THE ORTHODOXY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT FOREIGN POLICY IN WASHINGTON, AND SO THE PRESIDENT REALLY NEEDS TO FIND SOMEBODY WHO HAS THE GUTS TO STAND UP TO THE ORTHODOXY, NOT SOMEONE WHO IS PART OF THE SWAMP.>>Neil: ARE YOU CONVINCED THAT IS THE PRESIDENT’S POSITION? BECAUSE HE HAS NOW GONE THROUGH THREE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISORS. MICHAEL FLYNN, H.R. MCMASTER, NOW JOHN BOLTON. ALL FOR VARIOUS REASONS BUT THERE’S A HIGH TURNOVER PARTICULARLY IN THAT AREA AND FOREIGN POLICY. A LOT OF PEOPLE LOOK AT IT AND SAY WHAT DO YOU WANT? WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR?>>THE INTERESTING THING IS IF YOU LOOK AT DONALD TRUMP OVER THE LAST DECADE OR MORE, ONE OF THE CONSISTENT THEMES THAT YOU WILL HEAR HIM SPEAK OF MAY BE FOR 20 OR 30 YEARS IS THE IDEA THAT REGIME CHANGE DOESN’T WORK. HE SAID FOR A LONG, LONG TIME THE IRAQ WAR WAS A MISTAKE AND WE EMBOLDENED AROUND BY GETTING RID OF SADDAM HUSSEIN AND THERE WAS A COUNTERBALANCE AND HAVING SADDAM HUSSEIN THERE THAT THAT VACUUM ALLOWED ISIS TO GROW AND THEN VACUUM, AND SO REALLY I THINK THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN VERY, VERY CONSISTENT.>>Neil: YOU MENTIONED ISIS, SENATOR . ISIS WAS ON THE RUN, ISIS WAS DEFEATED. FOREIGN POLICY ADVISORS URGED HIM TO COOL IT ON THAT KIND OF TALK BECAUSE IT EMBOLDENED THE ENEMY. SURE ENOUGH, ISIS POPPED UP IN OTHER LOCALES. DOES HE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WITH HIS WORDING?>>I WOULD SAY THAT THE PRESIDENT IS VERY AND VERY CONSISTENT BELIEVING IN A MORE REALISTIC FOREIGN POLICY AND LESS OF A NEOCONSERVATIVE FOREIGN POLICY. SOME OF THE PEOPLE HE’S PICKED HAVEN’T BEEN PEOPLE WHO’VE AGREED WITH THE PRESIDENT BUT I CAN GO BACK TO REAGAN’S ADMINISTRATION WHERE ALL OF US CONSERVATIVES LOVED RONALD REAGAN AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN HE WAS APPOINTING SOMETIMES PEOPLE WHO WE DIDN’T THINK FRANKLY WERE CONSERVATIVE OR FULFILLING REAGAN’S VISION. I THINK THIS IS TRUE IN EVERY ADMINISTRATION, BUT MY ADVICE AND MY HOPE IS THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL PICK SOMEBODY WHO ACTUALLY LISTENS TO WHAT HE SAYS AND WANTS TO FURTHER HIS GOALS. I THINK THE PRESIDENT COULD DO SOMETHING REALLY HEROIC AND DRAMATIC IN GETTING US OUT OF THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN AND I THINK HE WOULD IF HE DIDN’T HAVE PEOPLE WORKING FOR HIM WHO WERE CONTRADICTING AND COUNTER MANDATING HIS ORDERS AND HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDA.>>Neil: WOULD THAT INCLUDE, I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY WE ARE TOLD MR. BOLTON RAISED HIS CONCERNS ABOUT THAT MEETING WITH THE TALIBAN AT CAMP DAVID NO LESS, AND THAT AT THE VERY LIST THE OPTICS DIDN’T LOOK GOOD AND THE TIMING SO CLOSE TO 9/11, DO YOU THINK THERE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EXPRESSING CONCERNS AND BEING DEEMED NOT A TEAM PLAYER?>>I THINK THE THING IS ABOUT THE TALIBAN, WHETHER WE NEGOTIATE WITH THEM, HOW WE LEAVE, ALL WARS ULTIMATELY END AND THERE ULTIMATELY IS A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT UNLESS YOU HAVE UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER LIKE AFTER WORLD WAR II WITH JAPAN OR GERMANY. THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEIR REST OF THE WARS AND WITH NEGOTIATIONS.>>Neil: WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN FOR THOSE TALKS WITH THE TALIBAN?>>HERE’S WHAT I WOULD SAY ABOUT IT. IT’S A CONFUSING SITUATION. I THINK THE TALIBAN NEEDS TO NEGOTIATE BUT I THINK THEY SHOULD NEGOTIATE DIRECTLY WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF AFGHANISTAN. THEY HAVE REFUSED TO DO SO. PART OF ONE WHITE THAT WE END THE WAR AS WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT IN A LESSENING FASHION THROUGH MONEY AND ARMS THE GOVERNMENT OF AFGHANISTAN AND WE HAVE THEM STEP UP. REALLY IT’S THE OBLIGATION OF THEM TO BE STRONG ENOUGH THAT THE TALIBAN WOULD NEGOTIATE WITH THEM. RIGHT NOW THE TALIBAN DOESN’T BELIEVE THEY ARE STRONG ENOUGH SO THEY NEGOTIATE WITH US AS A PROXY BUT THE PROBLEM IS THE TALIBAN AREN’T RELIABLE. THEY ARE VIOLENT AND, AND CONTINUE TO COMMIT VIOLENCE. THE PEOPLE NEGOTIATING WITH US MAY NOT HAVE THE STRENGTH OF ORGANIZATION TO CONTROL ALL ELEMENTS OF EVERYBODY ELSE IN AFGHANISTAN.>>Neil: SO GIVEN THOSE DYNAMICS, YOU WOULD NOT BEFORE PUTTING TALKS BACK ON? THE PRESIDENT SAID THIS ATTACK THAT KILLED A U.S. SOLDIER, THAT HE WOULD NOT ENTERTAIN IT, SAYING THE TALKS WOULD NOT HAPPEN. DO YOU AGREE?>>I THINK THE TALIBAN NEEDS TO HAVE A CEASE-FIRE NEED TO QUIT KILLING AMERICANS. HOWEVER, PEACE COMES WHEN WE MAKE THE DECISION THAT WE DECLARE VICTORY AND WE COME HOME AND SHOULDN’T BE DEPENDENT ON THE TALIBAN. I DON’T THINK THE TALIBAN FRANKLY ARE TRUSTWORTHY, NOR DO I THINK THE PEOPLE NEGOTIATING HAVE THE ABILITY TO CONTROL THE OTHER FIGHTERS IN THE FIELD BUT NEVERTHELESS I WOULD COME HOME BECAUSE THE IDEA THAT WE HAVE TO CONTROL LAND AROUND THE WORLD TO PREVENT TERRORISM IS A FALLACY. THERE’S LAND EVERYWHERE. THERE IS CHAOS IN AFRICA. THERE IS CHAOS IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THERE’S ALL KINDS OF PLACE ARE TERRORIST TO BE. IT’S A FOOLISH NOTION TO THINK AMERICA HAS TO BE ALL THOSE PLACES POLICING ON THOSE AREAS TO PREVENT TERRORISM. WE SHOULD BE VIGILANT ABOUT WHO COMES TO THE COUNTRY. THE PEOPLE ON 9/11 CAME HERE LEGALLY. WE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO THOSE WHO WOULD COME TO OUR COUNTRY. WE SHOULD HAVE STRICT RULES ON WHO COMES INTO OUR COUNTRY. WE SHOULD HAVE GREAT INTELLIGENCE AROUND THE WORLD. IT DOESN’T MEAN WE HAVE TO OCCUPY EVERY ACRE.>>Neil: ‘S MAY BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD ECHO SOME CONCERNS THAT MR. BOLTON HAD THEN WE ARE LEARNING, SENATOR, THAT THERE’S BEEN AN EXPLOSION IN THE AFGHAN CAPITAL NEAR THE U.S. EMBASSY TECHNICALLY ON 9/11, THE ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 THEIR TIME. ISN’T THAT THE SAME KIND OF THING MR. BOLTON WAS CONCERNED ABOUT AND WORRY THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT?>>IF YOU SET THE GOAL THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE NO VIOLENCE BEFORE RELIEVING THAT THERE WILL BE NO RADICAL JIHADISTS IN AFGHANISTAN, WE WILL NEVER LEAVE. YOU SHOULD ASK THE OPPOSITE QUESTION. WHAT IS THE MISSION? IS IT NATION-BUILDING AND SPEND $50 BILLION A YEAR, 45 MILLION ON GAS STATIONS, ROADS AND SCHOOLS, IS THAT OUR MISSION? IS THE MISSION TO DEFEND THE COUNTRY? WHAT’S THE MISSION? THERE’S NOT ONE GENERAL WHO CAN TELL YOU WHAT OUR MISSION IS. IS IT THE VIETNAM MISSION, TO TAKE ONE MORE VILLAGE, GET A BETTER NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT? IS THAT WITH THEIR — WE ARE THEREFORE? THERE IS NO NATIONAL SECURITY REASON TO BE THERE. THERE IS NO AL QAEDA. ALTHOUGH LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN DESTROYED. THE TALIBAN ARE FIGHTING AGAINST FOREIGN FIGHTERS. THE TALIBAN ARE INTO THIS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION THAT’S GOING TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES. PEOPLE FIGHTING HISTORICALLY FOR OVER A HUNDRED YEARS EVERY TIME FOREIGN FIGHTERS COMPARED>>Neil: THE WAY THE PRESIDENT HANDLE THAT, HE’S FREE TO HIRE AND FIRE WHOEVER HE WANTS. THEY SERVE AT HIS PLEASURE. HE OFTEN DOESN’T TELL THEM DIRECTLY. MR. BOLTON SAID IT DIDN’T HAPPEN THAT WAY. REX TILLERSON WHO FOUND OUT VIA TWEET THAT HE WAS OUT, THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T DIRECTLY SEEM TO TELL THEM.>>IF YOU’RE GOING TO WORK THE PRESIDENT, YOU NEED TO WORK FOR THE PRESIDENT AND TRY TO FURTHER THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA. MY OPINION IS THAT I SAW JOHN BOLTON WORKING AGAINST THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA. HE HAD HIS OWN AGENDA. THE PRESIDENT WAS TRYING TO NEGOTIATE A DEAL WITH NORTH KOREA AND YOU HAD BOLTON SAYING WE SHOULD TRY THE LIBYAN SOLUTION WHICH MEANS WE SHOULD EXECUTE THEIR LEADER. THAT’S NOT VERY HELPFUL TO ANY KIND OF NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT WITH NORTH KOREA OR ANY COUNTRY.

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  1. It's ticks me off that Cavuto said that Trump has gone through three National Security advisors! No, he hasn't. He has gone through two. He didn't even get a chance to work with Flynn before the deep State found a way to extract him from his position. And news flash for all Trump Bashers on this topic: Donald Trump has never put up with low performance or non-performance underlings , and thank God, he never will! And why should he keep people on his cabinet who don't share his vision for our country, either domestically or internationally?? That's just playing counterproductive, which is unacceptable to an honest, earnest president who promised to keep his promises. I would love to see people stop working so hard to deceitfully find fault in our president.

  2. Ted Cruz is a neo-con. He’s NOT a paleo-conservative. Conservatives have woken up to the fact that ex-trotsky supporting democrats took over the Republican Party. Bill Krystal and the entire Bush administration were run by these neo-cons who doubled the national debt, greatly increased the size of the federal government, and instituted new violations of the civil rights of Americans.

  3. Trump basically wanted Alabama to get hit so his sharpie would be right. Like i bet he was litteraly praying for it to happen!!! Thats why he went out of his way to make it seem like it he didnt lie. Trump is so unorthodox that its not suitable for leading a nation.

  4. Truth hurts, huh Cavuto? Don't hate the messenger Rand Paul for speaking the truth….just admit you and your swamp buddies are not friends to real conservatives and libertarians.

  5. I only watched this video because of Rand Paul! He is a Senator for my State of Kentucky!!

    I Think he is Awesome!!

    I extremely dislike Cavuto! Trump is Smarter than all these dumbass News People!!

  6. Bolton seems to forget his portfolio that he has a Boss called Trump. His delusional thoughts of thinking he is above Trump and could make aggressive decisions without having to confirm with his Boss. Trump realized America was losing credibility internationally for having to endure Bolton's Hawkish whisperings in his ears. Pompeo is next in line. They are both instigators of war and international Bullies. Trump wants to paint himself as #1 deal broker, but the hawks keep getting him involved in their tactics of Bullyism. Their tactics of regime change has only do harm to the world and destabilize a lot of countries hence hatred among such nations for America.

  7. Look at that FROWN. Rand Paul is smart. It's a tough world and Trump is suitably tough. We NEED to be firm and willing to take a few blows a la China to win.

  8. Sheldon Adelson is the main reason for Bolton being in picked. I don't believe Trump was ever really a fan of the mustache man.

  9. This is funny.
    Leave them in the sand, the mountains and the ruins. Delegate all this to private companies and arm their security forces. They are lean and not top heavy like an occupying military force.

  10. What is scary about this is that everyone knows Bolton is bad news he still got appointed for the job. Trump must have known and used him to intimidate certain countries around the world. I wonder if he will fire Pompeo next.

  11. Anyone who says that Donald Trump is consistant is a liar and a sycophant. The only thing that Trump is consistant about is his position on building a border wall and also his severely limited vocabulary.

  12. I find it interesting that every time Trump tries to calm the conflict anywhere in the middle east, the government he plans on talking to manages to do something stupid a couple days before hand….. I'm sure it's just a coincidence though…

  13. Thank God the warmonger has left the building. Now, we have to worry what he/they will do to keep trying to get us into endless wars. Gotta keep that blood and treasure rolling.

  14. Why would any of Trump's advisors, advise the President to use illegal surveillance with remote neural monitoring and torture on innocent Americans?

  15. "Anarchy is the sure consequence of tyranny; or no power that is not limited by laws can ever be protected by them." – John Milton (Author of Paradise Lost)
    The entire GOP Republican Party is a party of tyranny & we are witnessing anarchy of the kind GOP Steve Bannon loves. Our country is being ripped apart before our eyes.

  16. I actually like John Bolton, and hate to see him go. I think he wants what is best for America just like Trump. Just a different personality than Trump, and a different way of accomplishing things. I am a Trump supporter, but I am not completely happy with all the things he does either. Let's just say I am keeping my eyes open and my thoughts to myself.

  17. Cavuto likes Trump's economic plans for the most part, but it is ok to be critical of Trump when it is called for. That being said, Bolton is a true patriot, but he is too much of a hawk for Trump. Trump does not want war, he will go to great lengths to avoid it. Bolton loves this country but he is a fight first ask questions later. We should get out of Afghanistan, but if they trouble us again, we should send nukes, not soldiers. They are not worth a drop of American blood.

  18. We see here both a strength of a non-politician (before he started running for president) and a weakness of a businessman.
    Legitimate businessmen aren't dealing with brute force, which is what government is, unless they have to coexist with Mafiosi and crooked politicians.

  19. We should work on improving US and get that straight before being so bold as to impose a government on others. The first step in improving economies is to reduce corruption to zero and to move appropriate government to the local level. Iraq had some effective and experienced tribal leaders.

  20. Nobody blinks like that constantly while talking except for them u know who them are nobody ever blinks that much not even people with the disease that causes it the lights make them snakes do that both guys are doing it they are bad bad men

  21. Trump hired a Hawkish Bolton for two reasons and Bolton agreed.

    1. Clean the White House
    2. Be the hawk he is … to prove Trump is not a neocon.

    Well done.

  22. You can't make deals with Islamic countries. Paul is why I can't call myself a complete libertarian, they don't live in reality when dealing with other ideologies. Paul is the one who is naïve

  23. I call regime change, is in fact do what America says in order to bring forth “one world order!” So that the Catholics would indeed force one world order church. And America in force it.
    Believe me when I say the dark ages are coming back. It in history books, God makes history and predicts history. One world order is in the Bible,

  24. Bolton is a typical war hawk with absolutely no military experience and lots of past effort in avoiding the draft like many others we know.

  25. LOL…..Being in Afghanistan has nothing to do as much with controlling terrorism, but controlling the POPPY and that's part-n-partial why the war on drugs has never been won.

  26. Rand Paul has to go! A never Trumper, a politician who never listens to the peoples demands and always blocking what we want such as the wall!! Time for this pompous dentist to get out of politics…he lost touch with the people years ago!! By by rino!!

  27. Rand misses an important point. Some cultures do not do well under democracy. Here in Florida the older Haitians will tell you. Haiti was much safer and happier under dictator rule. The country did not do well under democracy.

  28. Never Trumper Cavuto has shown his stripe again. He is foursquare behind the deep state and hates the fact that Trump is changing the paradigm.

  29. if the time comes for Iran, then they are toast. Meanwhile, enough with the old way of doing things. No more polite wars. If there is a war, then make it dirty and mean and final. it should be the very last one. M A D. Just do it.

  30. Why don't you do something that will promote Humanity instead of serving the 'voices' that plague you.
    You picked up some 'bad Stimuli' on that path and are they are made manifest in YOU. Can you stop 'the voices?'
    Are you ''found wanting?" A mountain of compulsions to which they have no control. TDS = A 'Bonded' SLAVE, programmed to 'act out' in a nihilistic expression of HATE. (Rhetorical)

  31. Neil Cavuto is ONE of the reasons I canceled cable and unsubbed from fox news as a whole. I'm not asking for sycophants by any means, but honesty would be great. Ever since Fox was bought out by Disney I've seen a major shift in their coverage.

  32. Rand Paul is basically Trump but with more class and less drama, he's also a lot more conservative. If Trump listens to Rand Paul in regards to foreign policy, we'll be fine.

  33. It would be a much better interview if neil cavuto would leave the room and let Rand Paul interview himself.
    Trump needs stop bringing deep state a-holes like bolton into his cabinet.

  34. Iran poses zero threat to America. Iran poses zero threat to Israel! Why Israel continues to push war with Iran is an answer they will have to give to Lord Almighty!!!

  35. After shuffling through the comments and reactions to this video, It's amazing how politically illiterate and partisan the commentators are.

  36. If Israel want to continue being on the world stage they must abide by world consensus. They will never lead. They will always play 2nd or 3rd fiddle. That's just the way it is.

  37. neil cavuto has very near similar way about him' arrogant stance' and demeanor as cuomo' lemon' cooper' .. they all have the same disease contracted from doing the democrat dance' "writhing in the mire" on edges of the stagnant swamp' they love themselves and are full of aborant self pride' and in reality' all they are' are peeons..

  38. Bolton was one of the people who built the case that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was a cheerleader for the invasion. Neo-con war monger. Glad he's out.

  39. Rand Paul is spot-on as always. This interviewer, however…can bias EVER be more clear?! Fire that one and get an honest reporter.

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