Donald Trump says John Bolton ‘was holding me back’ on Cuba and Venezuela as he claims he’s more hard-line than famously hawkish former national security chief
- Trump continued to clobber his former national security adviser John Bolton
- ‘[M]y views on Venezuela, and especially Cuba, were far stronger than those of John Bolton. He was holding me back!’ Trump tweeted
- Bolton was a strong advocate of a hardline approach to remove leftist leader Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela
- His departure led some to question if Trump might take a softer approach
- Trump dismissed that concern with his tweet
Donald Trump continued to clobber his former national security adviser on Thursday, claiming his dismissal of the famously hawkish John Bolton would strengthen the administration’s approach to totalitarian leftist nations.
‘[M]y views on Venezuela, and especially Cuba, were far stronger than those of John Bolton. He was holding me back!’ the president tweeted.
Trump was responding to Florida Republican Sen. 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.
‘If in fact the direction of policy changes,’ Rubio wrote, ‘it won’t be to make it weaker.’
President Donald Trump continued to clobber his former national security adviser John Bolton
Trump claimed John Bolton was holding him back in his Cuba and Venezuela policy
The senator claimed Trump’s famous disagreements with Bolton were ‘the DIRECT OPPOSITE of what many claim or assume’ – meaning that the president wanted to be more aggressive.
Trump fired Bolton this week. The former senior aide insists he offered his resignation first.
Bolton was a strong advocate of a hardline approach to remove leftist leader Nicolas Maduro. Bolton’s departure from the White House led some to speculate Trump might take a softer approach on the matter.
Trump dismissed that thought with his tweet on Thursday.
The president said on Wednesday that he disagreed with Bolton on Venezuela but offered no specifics.
‘I disagreed with John Bolton on his attitudes on Venezuela. I thought he was way out of line and I think I’ve proven to be right,’ Trump said.
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 U.S. campaign of economic sanctions – led by Bolton – failed to remove Maduro.
The Trump administration is trying to remove leftist leader Nicolas Maduro from power in Venezuela
Trump has refused to rule out military action in Venezuela.
Trump and 50 other countries have recognized Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim president.
It’s unclear what Trump was referring to about his stance on Cuba. His administration has tightened U.S. restrictions on travel to the Caribbean island.
It’s also tightened economic sanctions on Cuba to try and both reform its government and get it to drop it’s backing of Maduro’s regime in Venezuela.
Cuban leaders said the island faces a fuel shortage because of Trump’s move.