John Bolton admits to planning attempted foreign coups

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John Bolton, a former national security adviser to the White House and a former American ambassador to the UN, admitted on Tuesday that he has assisted in the planning of failed coups in other nations.

Bolton spoke to CNN during the day’s congressional hearing regarding the attack on the U.S. Capital on January 6, 2021. WASHINGTON The members of the panel charged former President Donald Trump on Tuesday with encouraging the riots in an effort to hold onto power after losing the 2020 election.

However, Bolton claimed Trump lacked the skills necessary to pull out a coup while speaking to CNN anchor Jake Tapper “well crafted coup d’etat,” he continued, later adding: “As someone who has helped plan coups d’etats — not here but you know (in) other places — it takes a lot of work. And that’s not what he (Trump) did.”

Tapper questioned Bolton on the attempts in question.

Bolton remarked, before bringing up Venezuela, “I’m not going to get into the specifics.” “It turned out to be a failure. Although we didn’t really have much to do with it, I witnessed what it took for the opposition to attempt and unseat a president who had been chosen illegally, and how unsuccessful they were “he stated.

As national security advisor in 2019, Bolton officially backed Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela’s opposition, in his request for the military to support his attempt to overthrow socialist President Nicolas Maduro, asserting that Maduro’s reelection was invalid. Maduro eventually remained president.

The CNN host said, “I feel like there’s other stuff you’re not telling me (beyond Venezuela),” to which Bolton replied, “I’m sure there is.

Numerous foreign policy experts have questioned Washington’s history of foreign interventions over the years, from its role in the 1953 overthrow of the country’s then-nationalist prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and the Vietnam War to its invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan this century.

However, it is extremely uncommon for American authorities to publicly recognise their part in fomenting upheaval in other nations.

Dickens Olewe, a BBC journalist from Kenya, posted on Twitter, “John Bolton, who’s served in the highest positions in the U.S. administration, including UN ambassador, casually boasts how he’s helped plan coups in other nations.”

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