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John Bolton admits to planning foreign coups — Analysis

The former senior White House official said overthrowing governments takes ‘a lot of work’

John Bolton was the former US National Security Advisor and claimed credit for the attempt to remove foreign leaders. He also said he had a part in previous regime change attempts, while suggesting that Donald Trump did not have enough foresight at home to put an end to his own revolution.

Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper following Tuesday’s congressional hearing into the January 6 riot, Bolton insisted the former commander in chief could not have pulled off a “carefully planned coup d’etat,”As “that’s not the way Donald Trump does things.” 

The television host countered that “one doesn’t have to be brilliant to attempt a coup,”Bolton remained firm, stating that he was involved in the overthrow of foreign governments personally and that these projects need to be planned carefully.

“I disagree with that. As someone who has helped plan coup d’etats – not here but, you know, other places – it takes a lot of work,”The former official continued. “And that’s not what [Trump] did. It was just stumbling around from one idea to another.”

Tapper asked Bolton for details, and Bolton wouldn’t give them any. However, Bolton did mention Venezuela as a country where US-backed opposition members attempted to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro but didn’t inspire masses defections from security forces. 

Venezuelan efforts “turned out not to be successful,”He added “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.”

Then working as Trump’s national security advisor, Bolton publicly supported opposition leader Juan Guaido during the coup attempt, even addressing social media posts to senior Venezuelan officials urging them to join the effort. However, Bolton made comments to journalists at that time. “this is clearly not a coup,” maintaining Guaido was Venezuela’s “legitimate” leader.

Bolton made further comments on the coup remarks by CNN anchor. “I feel like there’s other stuff you’re not telling me,”He replied simply “I’m sure there is”We did not provide any additional details.

Bolton has served in top positions for several administrations since the 1980s, working as President Ronald Reagan’s assistant attorney general, a State Department official under President George HW Bush and later as United Nations ambassador for President George Bush. After a dispute with the commander, Bolton was forced to resign.

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