Hugh Hewitt: 3 Unhappiest People About Trump’s Nominations Are Leaders of Iran, NK, Russia

By Melanie Arter | March 26, 2018 | 12:18pm EDT
Vice President Mike Pence swearing in CIA Director Mike Pompeo (Screenshot)

( – Hugh Hewitt, host of the Salem Radio Network, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that “the three unhappiest people in the world” about President Donald Trump’s appointments of Mike Pompeo, Gina Haspel, John Bolton and Larry Kudlow are the leaders of Iran, North Korea, and Russia.

“I want to make one point about the changes this week. The three unhappiest people in the world about the arrival of Secretary of State Pompeo, our new C.I.A. director of 33 years, a covert operator Gina Haspel, the Bolton appointment, the Larry Kudlow appointment, are named Ayatollah Khomeini, Kim Jong-un, and Vladimir Putin. Our enemies are the enemies of those men, and Gina Haspel,” Hewitt said.


He said as “a Reagan-era conservative,” he’s happy with Trump’s personnel choices last week. He agreed with PBS’s “Washington Week” moderator Robert Costa, who said: “Ripping up the Iran deal and talking to White House officials over the last few days, they say Bolton's going to be an ally of Mike Pompeo, the nominee for Secretary of State. That they're going to be a partnership inside of this administration, trying to nudge the president forward.

“It's not so much an ideological case they're making, it's a personality mesh with the president. He never got along with General McMaster, he’s become-- General Kelly's influence has faded a bit inside of the West Wing. Pompeo, Bolton, Kudlow, the TV personalities, the hard-charging types. They're the ones now who the president wants at his side,” Costa added.

“What Bob said about Iran and the alliance between Secretary of State-designate Pompeo and in-- incoming National Security Advisor Bolton is correct, add to that Jim Mattis who understands Iran to be the central threat in the Middle East and has for a long long time,” Hewitt said.

As previously reported, Trump announced last week that he was nominating Pompeo, who is the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to head the State Department. At the same time, he announced that Haspel, the deputy director of the CIA, will replace Pompeo as the head of the CIA.

Haspel was criticized by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for her record on torture, including running a CIA “black site” in Thailand. Paul also voiced opposition to Pompeo leading the State Department, because of Pompeo’s support for regime change in Iran.

Kudlow was appointed to replace Gary Cohn as director of the National Economic Council, and Bolton – a former U.N. ambassador - was named as the replacement for outgoing National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

Hewitt said he was “overjoyed” at the appointments of Pompeo, Bolton, and Kudlow, saying that they, along with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis, rivals former Reagan White House Chiefs of Staff James Baker and Howard Baker, former Reagan National Security Adviser Colin Powell, and former Reagan Secretary of State George Shultz.

“I think with this talent, Pompeo, Bolton, Kudlow, John Kelly, General Mattis, you have a foreign affairs team to rival Jim Baker, Howard Baker, Colin Powell, and George Schultz at the end of the Reagan era. I am overjoyed. John Bolton has prepared for this job his entire life,” Hewitt said.


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