Former US ambassador to the United Nations and White House national security advisor John Bolton said on Tuesday that he helped plot failed coups in other nations.
Bolton made the comments to CNN following the day’s congressional hearing regarding the January 6, 2021, attack on the United States Capitol. On Tuesday, members on the panel accused outgoing President Donald Trump of inciting violence in a last-ditch attempt to stay in office after losing the 2020 election.
However, in an interview with CNN anchor Jake Tapper, Bolton stated that Trump was not capable of pulling off a coup “”As someone who has helped plan coups d’etat – not here, but you know (in) other places – it takes a lot of work,” he continued. And that is not what he (Trump) has done.”
Tapper inquired as to which attempts Bolton was referring to.
“I’m not going to delve into specifics,” Bolton remarked before bringing up Venezuela. “It did not turn out to be a success. We didn’t have much to do with it, but I witnessed what it takes for an opposition to try to overthrow an illegally elected president, and they failed “He stated.
Bolton publicly supported Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s demand for the military to help his quest to depose socialist President Nicolas Maduro in 2019, stating that Maduro’s re-election was fraudulent. Maduro eventually retained control.
“I have a feeling there’s more stuff you’re not telling me (apart from Venezuela),” the CNN anchor stated, prompting Bolton to respond, “I’m sure there is.”
Many foreign policy experts have questioned Washington’s history of intervening in other countries, ranging from its role in the 1953 ouster of then-Iranian nationalist prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and the Vietnam War to its recent invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.
However, it is extremely rare for US officials to openly admit their role in fomenting upheaval in other nations.
“John Bolton, who’s worked in the highest positions in the US government, including UN ambassador, casually boasts of having helped plan coups in other nations,” tweeted Dickens Olewe, a BBC correspondent from Kenya.