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Bolton is defended on Newsmax for saying coup

John Bolton defended comments he made about planned coups in other countries on Wednesday. “I think there are a lot of snowflakes out there that don’t understand what you need to do to protect the Un

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John Bolton, a former national security advisor to Donald Trump, defended remarks he made this week about assisting in the planning of attempted coups in foreign nations on Wednesday after the statement drew criticism in Washington.

During a Wednesday broadcast on the conservative network Newsmax, Bolton said, “I think there are a lot of snowflakes out there who don’t understand what you need to do to secure the United States.” During the appearance, Bolton refrained from going into specifics but mentioned what he wrote about American efforts to support Venezuelan opposition during the Trump administration in his memoir. In a CNN interview on Tuesday, Bolton, a lifelong national security hawk who was also a former ambassador to the U.N. under the George W. Bush administration, said that he has previously “helped plot” coup attempts in other nations.

He said this while claiming that the events leading up to the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, did not constitute a coup attempt.

It takes a lot of work, and that’s not what he did, as someone who has assisted in coup d’état preparation, not here but in other places, said Bolton before going on to name Venezuela, where the United States unsuccessfully supported opposition to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in 2019.

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He stated, “Not that we had much to do with it, but I witnessed what it takes for an opposition to attempt and overthrow a president who was unlawfully elected, and they failed.

The remarks made by Bolton were widely reported on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Before joining the Trump White House, Bolton was an outspoken supporter of the Iraq War under the Bush administration and called for Iran’s regime to be changed. Before being fired after a turbulent career, he advised Trump on national security matters for 17 months. Visit The Hill for the most recent news, weather, sports, and streaming video.

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