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White House national security adviser John Bolton arrives to speak about the political unrest in Venezuela after violence broke out at anti-government protests near Caracas, outside the White House in Washington, the United States, on April 30, 2019. — Picture by REUTERS

Former Trump adviser John Bolton admits to planning foreign coups

WASHINGTON, July 13 — Former President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton admitted on Tuesday that he was involved in planning coups in foreign countries, reported Anadolu Agency.

Bolton made the stunning revelation during an interview with CNN anchor Jake Tapper while discussing the Jan 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol building by Trump’s supporters, noting it was wrong to claim that Trump orchestrated a “carefully planned coup d’état against the Constitution” on that date.

In his remarks, Bolton said Trump personally “does not listen to anybody else,” adding “nothing Donald Trump did after the election in connection with the lie about the election fraud, none of it is defensible.”

“It is also a mistake, as some people said, including on the committee, the commentators, that somehow this was a carefully planned coup d’état aimed at the Constitution. That’s not how Donald Trump does things,” he said, referring to the House select committee investigating the events of Jan 6.

“You have to understand the nature of what the problem of Donald Trump is. He is — to use a Star Wars metaphor — a disturbance in The Force, and it is not an attack on our democracy. It is Donald Trump looking out for Donald Trump. It is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence,” Bolton continued.

But Tapper pushed back, saying he did not agree.

“One does not have to be brilliant to attempt a coup,” he said.

“I disagree with that,” Bolton responded. “As somebody who has helped plan coup d’états, not here, but, you know, other places, it takes a lot of work. And that is not what he did.”

“It was just stumbling around from one idea to another. Ultimately, he did unleash the rioters at the Capitol. As to that, there is no doubt. But not to overthrow the Constitution, to buy more time to throw the matter back to the states to try and redo the issue. And if you do not believe that, you are gonna overreact, and I think that is a real risk for the committee,” Bolton added.

Later in his remarks, he cited Venezuela as an example in his book, and said: “I wrote about (the coup in) Venezuela in the book, and it turned out not to be successful.”

On Jan 6, 2021, when Congress convened to certify the Electoral College votes of then-President-elect Joe Biden, a mob of Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building.

Ensuing clashes left multiple people dead. Two law enforcement officers took their lives in the aftermath of the raid. Trump was accused of inciting deadly violence.

— Bernama

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