Former US national security adviser admits to overthrowing legitimate governments
John Bolton the former national security adviser to former President Donald Trump admitted to CNN’s Jake Tapper, Tuesday that the United States plots coups to take out legitimate governments in foreign countries.
Bolton made the shocking remarks Bolton to CNN after the day’s congressional hearing into the Jan 6, 2021, storming of the U.S. Capitol by Trump loyalists. The lawmakers on Tuesday accused former President Donald Trump of inciting the violence at the Capitol in a last-ditch bid to retain power after losing the 2020 election.
Absolving the former president of inciting the crowd, Bolton said Trump does not have the competence to pull of a “carefully planned coup d’etat”. Adding quickly. “As somebody who has helped plan coups d’etat – not here but you know (in) other places – it takes a lot of work. And that’s not what he (Trump) did.”
When Tapper asked Bolton which attempts he was referring to. He replied “I’m not going to get into the specifics,” Bolton said, before mentioning Venezuela.
“It turned out not to be successful. Not that we had all that much to do with it but I saw what it took for an opposition to try and overturn an illegally elected president and they failed,” he said.
In 2019, Bolton as national security adviser publicly supported Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s call for the military to back his effort to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro, arguing that Maduro’s re-election was illegitimate. The coup failed and Maduro remained in power.
“I feel like there’s other stuff you’re not telling me beyond Venezuela,” the CNN anchor said, prompting a reply from Bolton: “I’m sure there is.”
Since 1945, the United States has a bloody history of interventions in other countries, from its role in the 1953 overthrowing of then Iranian nationalist prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and the Vietnam war, to its invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan this century.
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