Trump Claims Bolton Was ‘Holding Me Back’ on Venezuela

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2019

If Trump changes the direction of Venezuela policy in Bolton's absence "it won't be to make it weaker", Rubio said.

President Donald Trump claimed that John Bolton, the national security adviser he said he fired earlier in the week, was "holding me back" on Venezuela. "He was holding me back!". Marco Rubio, who tweeted that the two men had spoken about Venezuela and Trump was more aggressive than Bolton would have been, had he stayed.

Bolton is not the only Trump appointee known for hawkish bluster, and his own party provides a virtually endless supply of the same. The former senior aide insists he offered his resignation first. Bolton's departure from the White House led some to speculate Trump might take a softer approach on the matter.

Trump didn't elaborate in a tweet on Thursday.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday he will not travel to NY for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly later this month, but that two of his envoys would attend to denounce USA sanctions on the OPEC nation.

"The administration cared about Venezuela before John Bolton", the spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for Scott said the senator hasn't talked to Trump but did speak with acting National Security Advisor Charles Kupperman after Bolton's firing.

The president was reported to be angry with Bolton for predicting a quick toppling of Maduro and growing impatient with the fact the leftist leader was still in power after a US campaign of economic sanctions - led by Bolton - failed to remove Maduro.

The president has periodically refused to rule out military action against Maduro's regime.

Trump and 50 other countries have recognized Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaidó as the country's interim president.

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