(Washington) Invited to comment on the hearings of the parliamentary committee on the attack on the Capitol, John Bolton, former national security adviser under the Trump administration assured Tuesday that he himself “participated in the planning of coups d’etat outside of the United States.
Faced with the statement made by the CNN presenter that someone did not need “to be brilliant to attempt a coup”, Mr. Bolton retorted in a natural tone: “I I don’t agree. As someone who helped plan coups, not here, but you know, elsewhere, it takes a lot of work.”
John Bolton thus argues that the assault of January 6, 2021 was not a coup attempt on the part of Donald Trump, who was “only switching from one idea to another”.
Known for his warmongering stances in diplomacy, Mr. Bolton, who served as national security adviser to the White House in 2018 before being sacked by the Republican president in September 2019, did not specify what coups he was talking about.
But he referred to the failed attempt to oust Nicolas Maduro from power in Venezuela in 2019 by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who was backed by Washington.
Alongside the neoconservatives, John Bolton, very hard on Iran, Afghanistan and North Korea, was notably one of the architects of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Mr. Bolton’s comments come as the House’s so-called “January 6th” committee tries to determine the role of Donald Trump and those close to him in the storming of the Capitol.