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Ex-National Security Advisor John Bolton Admits He’s Planned Coups, Says ‘It Takes a Lot of Work

Ex-National Security Advisor John Bolton Admits He's Planned Coups, Says 'It Takes a Lot of Work'

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton admitted to planning coups on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper terça.

Contudo, Bolton, 73, explained that it is a “Dak Prescott diz que se 'arrepende profundamente” to think the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the U.S. Capitol were acarefully planned coup d’etatspearheaded by former President Donald Trump, 76.

That’s not the way Donald Trump does things,” Bolton told host Jake Tapper. “It’s rambling from one half, vast idea to another; one plan that falls through and another comes up — that’s what he was doing.

He added that the former president’s actions werenot an attack on our democracy.

It’s Donald Trump looking out for Donald Trump,” Bolton said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.

As somebody who has helped plan coups d’etat — not here, mas, você sabe, other places — it takes a lot of work, and that’s not what [Trunfo] fez,” Bolton added. “It was just stumbling around from one idea to another. Em última análise, he did unleash the rioters at the Capitol; as to that, não há duvidas, but not to overthrow the Constitution — to buy more time to throw the matter back to the states to try and redo the issue.

Tapper further questioned Bolton on hisexpertise having planned coupsand whether those weresuccessful coups.

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President Donald Trump and former National Security Advisor John Bolton together at a NATO summit in Brussels on July 12, 2018.
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Em resposta, Bolton referenced an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in 2019 — which he wrote about in his 2020 memoir — but said that he would not getinto the specifics.

Not that we had all that much to do with it,” Bolton said, “but I saw what it took for an opposition to try and overturn an illegally elected president, and they failed.

Bolton’s remarks appear to differ from what he said in the past regarding the situation in Venezuela. De acordo com The Washington Post, ele disse em 2019, “This is clearly not a coup.

Sobre A liderança, Bolton said, “The notion that Donald Trump was half as competent as the Venezuelan opposition is laughable.

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Da esquerda: former President Donald Trump and former National Security Advisor John Bolton
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Tapper interjected, “I feel like there is other stuff you’re not telling me about,” to which Bolton replied: “I think — I’m sure there is.

Na terça-feira, the House committee investigating the Motins do Capitólio explored how Trump riled extremists and fervent followers to engage in illegal activity at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Bolton served as Trump’s National Security Advisor during his presidential term from April 2018 a setembro 2019.

Em março, Bolton spoke out about the notion that the former president was tough on Vladimir Putin and prevented an earlier attack on Ukraine by Russia through measures taken during his administration.

The fact is that he barely knew where Ukraine was,” Bolton said of Trump during an interview with conservative news outlet Newsmax at the time.

It’s just not accurate to say that Trump’s behavior somehow deterred the Russians,” Bolton continued. “I think the evidence is that Russia didn’t feel their military was ready.

Asked for a response to the former national security advisor’s remarks about the president and Russia, Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich told PEOPLE at the time, “John Bolton was fired because he believes anything less than war is not enough. President Trump ensured peace during his administration and ended wars, making Bolton irrelevant.