alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.

Jimmy Carter Says Hiring John Bolton Is Trump's Worst Mistake Yet

In a forthcoming interview, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter warns that hiring John Bolton as national security adviser may be President Donald Trump's worst decision yet.

"I don't think he's doing well," Carter told Judy Woodruff of PBS Newshour in a preview of the interview. "He's made some very serious mistakes so far."

Carter continued: "I think the worst mistake he's made so far has been the appointment of John Bolton to be his national security adviser."

Trump announced the appointment of Bolton last week after months of rumors that he was unhappy with current national security adviser H.R. McMaster. McMaster has long been reported to be a moderating influence on the president, urging Trump to stay in the Iran nuclear deal and openly criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin's strongman tactics.

Bolton will be Trump's third national security adviser in a little over a year in office. The hire was announced just weeks after Trump announced he is planning to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by the end of May.

Carter said he doesn't know Bolton personally but has been aware of the incoming national security adviser's views for a long time. 

"He has been very eager to go to war with different people, including North Korea and Iran," Carter said. "He's told lies about things where I knew the truth. So I have very little confidence in him."

Watch the clip below:

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.