President Donald Trump has decided to hire John Bolton to replace Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his national security adviser — his third in 14 months. It is amazing, really, that there are people left who believe that Trump accepts advice. Good luck, Mr. Bolton.

We all knew that McMaster’s days were numbered. He had the courage to say in February that the evidence that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election was “now really incontrovertible.” Trump immediately responded with a tweet stating, "General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems." Like I said, the general’s days were numbered. ​


Bolton worked for President George W. Bush and was a fierce advocate for the American invasion of Iraq. He continues to defend the Iraq invasion and is quick to promote the use of American military action around the world, including North Korea and Iran. It seems that Bolton has learned nothing from our mistakes in Iraq and is willing to repeat them in other countries.

On Sept. 5, 2013, Trump tweeted, “All former Bush Administration officials should have zero standing on Syria. Iraq was a waste of blood & treasure.” Nevertheless, Trump will hire this former Bush administration official because, some surmise, Bolton was a frequent commentator and Trump defender on Fox News. Apparently, TV news is the best place to interview for a job with the Trump administration these days.

Larry Kudlow, another television commentator for CNBC, was selected to replace Gary Cohn as Trump’s chief economic adviser. Trump must watch a lot of television. Remember the days when presidents selected Cabinet members based upon their expertise and experience? I give Bolton and Kudlow, both television hogs with big egos, nine months in their new jobs. Trump has little patience for staff who steal attention and television time away from Trump.

While he was looking for Cabinet members on television, I wonder if Trump watched the CNN interview with Karen McDougal or the “60 Minutes” interview with Stormy Daniels? Both reported that they had affairs with Trump while he was married to wife No. 3. I’m guessing he watched. After all, it was all about him. Interestingly, there have been no tweets about McDougal or Daniels. This is sort of like Trump not tweeting about Russian president Vladimir Putin, isn’t it? Trump tweets about everyone, even the Pope. Yet, no tweets about Putin, McDougal or Daniels. Could it be that Trump does not tweet about people he fears?

While Trump was watching television and hiring people last week, Republicans in Congress passed a $1.3 trillion, six-month spending package, with large increases for the Pentagon demanded by the president. Trump, acting like he had nothing to do with the bill, threatened to veto it after his staff had announced that he would definitely sign it. Then Trump announced that he had signed the bill after all, but vowed never to sign another bill like it again. What leadership!

Trump also called on Republicans to give him line-item veto power over future spending bills. Never mind that the Supreme Court declared in 1998 that the line-item veto was unconstitutional. Note to Trump: Read your briefing notes!

Regarding the spending bill, Republicans complained loudly in 2011 when Democrats passed a significantly smaller budget. Congressman Paul Ryan, now House speaker, stated at the time, “The debt will soon eclipse our entire economy, and grow to catastrophic levels in years ahead.” Ryan was correct. Little did we know at the time, however, that it would be Ryan and the Republicans leading the charge for record-breaking budgets and deficits. As stated by Igor Bobic of HuffPost, “When Republicans are in power, they spend. When they are out of power, they harp about deficits and debt.” Oh, and let’s not forget about the $1.5 trillion tax cut which will add another trillion dollars to our nation’s debt.

Trump complained that the budget bill did not include enough funding for his wall on the Mexican border. Didn’t Trump promise that Mexico would pay for the wall? He also tweeted that “the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill.).” Wasn’t it Trump who suspended DACA back in September? Trump could fix DACA with an executive order, if he really cared.

Sadly, I have a feeling that the DACA kids, not Mexico, will end up paying for that wall.