Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton has opted against joining the crowded 2016 Republican presidential field.
"I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination for president," Bolton said in a video to be released Thursday, the Associated Press reported. "I believe I can make the strongest contribution to our future by continuing as a clear and consistent advocate for a strong, Reaganite foreign policy that values peace through strength."
Bolton has spoken about foreign policy issues in early presidential contest states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.
"While I am not a candidate, I am certainly not going to sit this election out," he said. "Nor will I stand idle while our president surrenders our national interests and liberals rally around his ideological twin: Hillary Clinton."