White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders rejected reports on Thursday that President Donald Trump is considering replacing national security adviser H.R. McMaster, but speculation and fears have already arisen with the possibility that known war hawk John Bolton could be next in line for the job.
According to the Washington Post, Trump is "actively discussing potential replacements" for McMaster, and Bolton—former acting ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush—is believed to be at the top of his list. The New York Times independently confirmed the Post's reporting.
While Trump is apparently quite concerned about Bolton's mustache—which he reportedly considers a "sensitive subject"—the president doesn't find Bolton's constant warmongering on television or in the pages of major newspapers disturbing in the slightest. In fact, he sees it as a huge plus.
"We need you in here, John," Trump reportedly told Bolton during a meeting in the Oval Office last week.
Bolton has met with Trump several times and often agrees with the president’s instincts. Trump also thinks Bolton, who regularly praises the president on Fox News Channel, is good on television.
News of the possible change up was met with more than a bit of concern by those who are familiar with Bolton's reputation:
"A national security strategy developed by John Bolton will surely and inevitably lead to more war," Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) wrote on Twitter Thursday. "I will do everything in my power to stop warmonger John Bolton from becoming national security adviser."
Other commentators echoed Lee, arguing that Bolton in the White House could result in "a civilization-threatening disaster."