WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after John Bolton was named President Trump’s new national security advisor.

“In the midst of international challenges from North Korea and Iran to China and Russia, I’m concerned that President Trump has chosen to abruptly dismiss the well-regarded HR McMaster and hire his third national security advisor in just 15 months. Though Ambassador John Bolton has extensive foreign policy experience, I’m deeply concerned by the prospect of him advising President Trump and directing key debates on national security policy.  Ambassador Bolton’s stated positions on today’s major issues, most notably North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear programs, are overly aggressive at best and downright dangerous at worst.  I hope that Ambassador Bolton will moderate his positions and work closely with our military, diplomatic, intelligence, and development professionals before rushing into armed conflict.  I thank Lieutenant General McMaster for his service and continue to urge the administration to work with Congress to develop a sound bipartisan foreign policy approach to the very real challenges we face around the world.”