Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says he is now backing Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race and warns voters that electing Hillary Clinton will just mean another four years of President Obama’s foreign policy.
After briefly considering a White House bid of his own, Bolton refused to endorse while the GOP nomination was still in doubt, but he said he would back the eventual nominee. Recent campaign suspensions by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, leave Trump as the only active Republican candidate on well on his way to clinching a majority of pledged delegates.
Bolton is urging party unity because he believes the U.S. national security cannot afford Clinton as president.
“Hillary is extremely happy with the Obama foreign policy. It’s almost an urban legend now that somehow she would be tougher, more hawkish (than Obama). I really don’t see that,” said Bolton, who noted that Clinton admits as much in her most recent book, “Hard Choices.”
“It’s very hard, if not impossible, to find any real differences between what Hillary Clinton writes and what the Obama policy was,” Bolton told WND and Radio America. “The idea somehow that Hillary would be preferable because she would be an improvement on the Obama foreign policy is badly misguided.”
Bolton said Trump’s foreign policy speech in Washington just prior to becoming the presumptive nominee was a “good start” in laying out his vision that America’s national security interests must take top priority in the next administration. But Trump may still have a steep learning curve on national security, evidenced most publicly by his December debate performance in which he appeared to have no familiarity with the nuclear triad.
Bolton admits Trump still has to prove he is ready for the job.