Former US national security adviser John Bolton admitted plotting coups in foreign countries during a television interview on Tuesday.
The casual admission came as Bolton and CNN TV host Jake Tapper discussed the role of former President Donald Trump in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.
Bolton rejected the idea that Trump was part of a “carefully planned coup d’état aimed at the Constitution” as he did not have the capability to stage a coup.
However, Tapper argued that “one doesn’t have to be brilliant to attempt a coup.”
“I disagree with that,” Bolton said in response. “As somebody who has helped plan coup d’état, not here, but other places, it takes a lot of work.”
When Tapper asked Bolton to elaborate on the coups he has been involved in, Bolton cited an unsuccessful attempt to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, but declined to give further details.
Bolton noted that he wrote about the failed 2019 coup in Venezuela in his controversial memoir, “The Room Where It Happened,” which focused on great-power conflicts.
According to reports, Bolton, who also served in key government roles across multiple Republican administrations, is “widely viewed as a foreign policy hawk and proponent of regime change and considered one of the chief architects of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.”
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