“The View” co-hosts Meghan McCain and Joy Behar got into a verbal spat Friday over President Donald Trump’s decision to pick former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton as his next national security adviser.
Trump announced his decision to replace H.R. McMaster with Bolton late Thursday.
In response to the appointment, Behar argued Bolton is “dangerous” for American foreign policy because of his hawkish approach to bad actors like North Korea and Iran. She said it’s put her “in a place of anxiety.”
But McCain, who — like Bolton — once served as a contributor on Fox News, approved of Bolton and his more aggressive approach to foreign policy. In fact, at one point, McCain said she trusts Bolton “1,000 percent” more than former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Behar continued, saying she hopes Trump’s base will turn against the president, given he forecasted an isolationist foreign policy on the campaign trail in 2016. But McCain wanted to know why Behar was training so much “hostility” on her.
“I’m not saying it to you,” Behar answered, pointing toward the camera. “I’m talking to him.”
McCain, the lone conservative panelist on the daytime talk show, praised Bolton again, noting he’s even more hawkish than she is. Ultimately, she didn’t go into much detail other than to say she trusts the incoming national security adviser.
“So it’s bomb first, then diplomacy?” Behar asked.
“Oh, come on, Joy,” McCain shot back. “That’s not what we’re talking about.”