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Rand Paul calls John Bolton 'naive,' accuses him of working against Trump's agenda

"I saw John Bolton working against the president's agenda."

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) went for the jugular after John Bolton was unceremoniously fired Tuesday as the national national security advisor of President Donald Trump.

"I think if you're gonna work for the president, you need to work for the president," he explained helpfully to Neil Cavuto on Fox News.

"You need to try to further the president's agenda. My opinion is that I saw John Bolton working against the president's agenda. He had his own agenda," Paul added.

"And when the president was trying to negotiate a deal with North Korea, you got Bolton out there saying we should try 'the Libyan solution' which means we should execute their leader," he said.

Paul was referring to a comment Bolton made in 2018 that appeared to derail negotiations after North Koreans angrily responded.

"That's not very helpful to any negotiated settlement with North Korea or any country," Paul said.

He also accused Bolton of being "naive" and advocating for "endless wars" in order to establish perfect societies in regions of the world where Paul seemed to think the American principles of governance were ill-fitted.

Bolton denied the official White House account of events, and said that he had offered his resignation to the president on Monday night, but that he replied that they would talk about it later.

On Tuesday, the president tweeted that he had fired Bolton, which came as a surprise to many.

Paul has been a vocal and passionate critic of foreign policy "hawks" like Bolton, as opposed to policies that critics call akin to isolationism.

Here's the video of Paul's comments:

Rand Paul: Bolton was working against Trump www.youtube.com

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