Former Trump aide John Bolton admits he helped organize coups in other countries

Former Trump aide John Bolton admits he helped organize coups in other countries

John Bolton, a former US ambassador to the United Nations and a former White House national security adviser under Donald Trump, acknowledged on Tuesday that he had helped plan coup attempts in other countries that he avoided specifying. Bolton made these statements when being interviewed on Nation World News about the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by a crowd of Trump supporters, an event that is being investigated by a congressional committee. The nine members (seven Democrats and two Republicans) of the congressional panel accuse Trump of inciting and planning violence that day, days before, after losing the 2020 election.

During a conversation with Nation World News presenter Jake Tapper, the journalist stated that “you don’t have to be brilliant to be successful”, to which the former aide replied: “I don’t agree. As someone who helped plan scams, not here, but in other countries, I can say it’s a lot of work,” he bragged. Bolton also suggested that Trump was not competent enough to carry out a “carefully planned coup”, later adding: “As someone who helped plan coups, I didn’t here, but you know (in) other places. , it takes a lot of work. . And that’s not what he [Trump] That “.

When the interviewer pressed this point, Bolton declined to comment on “specific cases”. However, soon after, he alluded to the political crisis in Venezuela in 2019, when he was still a national security adviser, when the US government, of which he was a part, recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president.

Bolton went on to state that “the opposition tried to remove an illegitimately elected president [Nicolás Maduro] and failed.” Maduro remained in power. Furthermore, he considered it “laughable” to believe that Trump, with whom he ended up falling out, “has not even half the competence of the Venezuelan opposition” to organize a coup. Bolton, considered a Hawk A Republican in favor of US interventionism in other countries, he served as national security adviser to the White House from 2017 to 2020, when Trump fired him precisely because of differences over policy towards Venezuela.

“I feel like there are other things you’re not telling me [más allá de Venezuela]”, continued the Nation World News presenter, to which the former US Ambassador to the UN cryptically replied: “I’m sure so”.

“John Bolton, who has served in the highest positions in the US government, including UN Ambassador, casually brags about helping to plan coups in other countries,” Dickens Olewe, BBC Kenya journalist, wrote on Twitter.

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Many foreign policy experts have criticized Washington’s record of intervention in other states over the years, from its role in overthrowing then-Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh (1953) and its involvement in the Vietnam War (1965-1975), to its invasions of Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003) already in this century. However, it is very rare for US officials to openly acknowledge their role in fomenting riots or coups in foreign countries.

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