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John Bolton: State Department Needs 'Cultural Revolution'

John Bolton: State Department Needs 'Cultural Revolution'

(AP)

By    |   Thursday, 01 December 2016 12:42 PM

The State Department needs of a "cultural revolution" after years of not having a department that advocates American interests, veteran diplomat John Bolton, one of several who has been in the running to become a nominee for secretary of State, said Thursday.

"It's not a question of management restructuring," said the former UN ambassador on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "It needs a cultural revolution for a lot of reasons and I think that's important going forward, because of the damage that's done to American interests."

For much of the week, Bolton's name has not been included in news reports along with those of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, or retired Gen. David Petraeus when it comes to President-elect Donald Trump's top choices for secretary of state.

However, Bolton will meet again with Trump on Friday, and met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who is heading Trump's transition team, on Wednesday.

Bolton would not comment about the Pence meeting, saying it's a up to Trump to decide what he wants to reveal about his decision process.

"This is not an issue just in the transition," said Bolton. "I think this is you see how the doctrine of executive privilege fits in here. That a president has to have confidentiality to make important decisions. "

And as for reports that did not include him, Bolton said that "sometimes the press gets things wrong."

Bolton noted that there are almost 70,000 State Department employees, with the director changing every few years.

"It's a pretty big bureaucracy and over the years, it's gotten the attitude that they are not there necessarily to follow what the president wants to do in foreign policy, that they are there to run foreign policy themselves," said Bolton.

Instead, he said he agrees with former Secretary of State James Baker, who served during the George. W. Bush administration, who had quipped he'd be the president's envoy to State and not the other way around.

Bolton said the secretary of state's duty is "primarily to advise the president on national security issues, to come up with suggestions for grand strategy for the United States to maintain America's place in the world that is critical to safeguarding our way of life here at home, and then to carry that policy out through diplomacy and all the other tools that we have available."

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