John Bolton, a former United States ambassador to the UN and ex-White House national security adviser, has admitted in an interview he had helped plan coups in foreign countries.
Bolton made the remarks during a CNN-interview with anchor Jake Tapper in which he also suggested that former US president Donald Trump was not competent enough to pull off a "carefully planned coup d’etat". Bolton casually said: "As somebody who has helped plan coups d’etat – not here but, you know, [in] other places – it takes a lot of work. And that’s not what he [Trump] did."
When pressed on which attempts he was referring to, Bolton said that he was "not going to get into the specifics," before he mentioned Venezuela. "It turned out not to be successful. Not that we had all that much to do with it but I saw what it took for an opposition to try and overturn an illegally elected president and they failed," Bolton said.
"I feel like there’s other stuff you’re not telling me [beyond Venezuela]," the CNN anchor said, prompting a reply from Bolton: "I’m sure there is."
We all knew about this, of course, it's more of a confirmation than anything else. But it's still shocking to hear a former US official so casually admit to these things. And it's a shame that his remarks haven't received more media attention in the US and around the world.