Trump saw Venezuela as ‘really part of the US,’ thought invasion was ‘cool’ – but backtracked because of Putin, Bolton claims
Trump said invading Venezuela would be “cool” and described the South American country as “really part of the United States,” according to the Washington Post, one of three publications that were given access to some content from Bolton’s memoir, ‘The Room Where It Happened.’
So Bolton says in his book that Trump said Venezuela "was really part of the United States." And I love it although I know it's unrealistic 😂Not a bad idea Mr. President @realDonaldTrump. Not a bad idea— Daniel Di Martino 🇻🇪🇺🇸 (@DanielDiMartino) June 17, 2020
The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal also received the leaks, giving them much publicity on Wednesday. The memoir was scheduled for publication on June 23, but has been held up by a lawsuit from the Trump administration, claiming that it still contains classified information.
Bolton, hired by Trump in April 2018, has been a hardline advocate of regime change in Iran but also one of the driving forces behind Washington’s push to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. In January 2019, Trump recognized opposition politician Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s “interim president” at Bolton’s behest – only to have doubts a day later, according to the book, saying that Guaido looked “weak” and childish next to the “tough” Maduro.
Trump was “largely persuaded” against overthrowing Maduro after a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin in May 2019, Bolton claims, calling Putin’s comparison of Guaido to Trump’s 2016 rival Hillary Clinton a “brilliant display of Soviet-style propaganda,” according to the Post.Also on rt.com Collusion with China, wanting to stay in office forever: Leaked Bolton book excerpts cash in on anti-Trump frenzy
Whether Trump said any of that is questionable. His trade representative denied the claims Bolton had made about the president’s negotiations with China, for example. On the other hand, a couple of American mercenaries were captured in Venezuela last month in a botched attempt to infiltrate from Colombia.
Guaido has made several attempts to take power, including a botched military coup in April 2019, failing miserably every time.
Trump suggesting that invading Venezuela would be "cool." Trump's top aides — including Sec. Pompeo — mocking him behind his back. Trump asking if he should replace Pence with Haley on the 2020 ticket. @jdawsey1's buzzy account of the Bolton book: https://t.co/RGxeGgp7HF— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) June 17, 2020
Bolton was fired in September 2019, after he clashed with Trump over the president’s refusal to bomb Iran over the US drone shot down in the Persian Gulf.
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