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Hayden: Bolton Will Push Trump, Nation 'In a More Dangerous Course'

Hayden: Bolton Will Push Trump, Nation 'In a More Dangerous Course'
John Bolton (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 23 March 2018 08:50 AM EDT

New National Security Adviser John Bolton doesn't have the authority to start war, but he will push President Donald Trump and the nation "in a more dangerous course," former CIA Director Michael Hayden said Friday.

"John Bolton, being national security adviser, will push the president and the nation in a more dangerous course when it comes to key international security issues," Hayden, also a one-time National Security Agency director, told CNN's "New Day."

"He's a hawk on North Korea. He's going to urge the president to rip off the uranium nuclear deal. We will not be able to control where they end up."

And when that happens, it will push the United States "away from diplomacy, away from international consensus and more on the direction of kinetic options where the only thing left on the table that you have to play is the armed forces of the United States," said Hayden.

Bolton, a former U.N. ambassador, "is hawkish ... ideological," he added. "No one ever accused him of being a consensus builder. Now we have someone close to the president whose instincts are very much is like the president's."

However, that is the "scary part," said Hayden, as the National Security Council process is set up to give a president a variety of options.

"But now you've got John, Ambassador Bolton, next to the president," he said. "I think their instincts are near identical when it comes to Iran. They both want to be tough on North Korea. The only key area of contention between their instinctive views comes on Russia ... John actually is a bit of a hawk on Russia. That will be an interesting dynamic between him and the president."

Hayden also commented on an exclusive in The Daily Beast that "lone hacker" Guccifer 2.0, who accessed the Democratic National Committee's files, was an officer of Russia's military intelligence directorate (GRU)."

"That is just additional detail that confirms [what] we knew was true all along," said Hayden. "What happened after we began to discover what the Russians were doing, they tried to cover their tracks, putting out this idea of trying to pivot off a hacker that did hack into American systems, who is now in a Romanian jail, what they were trying to do is cover their tracks."

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New National Security Adviser John Bolton doesn't have the authority to start war, but he will push President Donald Trump and the nation "in a more dangerous course," former CIA Director Michael Hayden said Friday.
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