John Bolton admits planning coups overseas — RT World News

Former top White House official says overthrowing governments takes ‘a lot of work’

Former US national security adviser John Bolton has taken credit for trying to oust foreign leaders, saying he had played a role in earlier regime change efforts while by suggesting that former President Donald Trump lacked the foresight to carry out his own putsch at home.

Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper after Tuesday’s congressional hearing on the Jan. 6 riot, Bolton insisted the former commander-in-chief couldn’t have pulled off a “carefully planned coup” as “That’s not how Donald Trump does things.”

When the TV host argued that “You don’t have to be brilliant to attempt a coup” Bolton held firm, saying he had personally been involved in ousting foreign governments and that such projects require significant planning.

“I don’t agree with that. As someone who has helped plan coups – not here but, you know, elsewhere – that takes a lot of work,” continued the former official. “And that’s not it [Trump] did. It was just stumbling from one idea to another.

When Tapper asked for specifics, Bolton declined to elaborate, but went on to mention Venezuela, where US-backed opposition figures tried to oust President Nicolas Maduro in 2019 but failed. failed to inspire mass defections from the security forces.

Efforts in Venezuela “proved unsuccessful” he said adding “It’s not that we had much to do with it, but I saw what it took for an opposition to try and overthrow an illegally elected president and they failed.”

Then working as Trump’s national security adviser, Bolton publicly backed opposition leader Juan Guaido during the coup attempt, even making social media posts to senior Venezuelan officials urging them to stand down. join in the effort. In comments to reporters at the time, however, he argued “It’s clearly not a coup” maintain Guaido belonged to Venezuela “legit” chief.

As the CNN anchor pushed Bolton further on his coup comments, saying “I feel like there are other things you’re not telling me” he just replied “I’m sure there are” and provided no further details.

Bolton has held senior positions in several administrations since the 1980s, working as President Ronald Reagan’s Assistant Attorney General, a State Department official under President George H. W. Bush and later as United Nations Ambassador for President George Bush. His tenure in the Trump administration was cut short over disagreements with the commander-in-chief, eventually stepping down amid a heated public dispute with his former boss.

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