Venezuela lashed out at Bolton’s coup claim

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The Venezuelan National Assembly voted Thursday to denounce the remarks made by John Bolton, former US National Security Advisor. Jorge Rodriguez, the leader of the assembly, described the admission as an “extraordinary feat of brazenness”.

Rodriguez, a psychiatrist who uses clinical terms in political battles often, also accused Bolton as a “psychopath.”

In an interview WednesdayBolton stated to CNN’s Jake Tapper, “I helped plan coups d’etat — and not here, but elsewhere.”

He was Trump’s White House point representative in Venezuela’s 2019 Constitution Crisis. A group of opposition politicians attempted to restore democracy in Venezuela by taking out Nicolas Maduro forcefully.

Bolton’s passing comment, while talking about the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, was followed by a reference towards Venezuela. This added fuel to suspicions in Caracas. He claimed that he had written about Venezuela’s political crisis in his memoir, and that his actions there ultimately failed.

Diosdado Cabello, an ex-venezuelan cabinet minister, responded by calling Bolton “an inept man who, for all of the money (former US president Donald Trump) gave him, couldn’t perform the order that he received.”

Failure to change the regime

In the early hours of April 30, 2019, opposition leader Guaidó, his political mentor Leopoldo Lopez, and a handful of Venezuelan army officials gathered outside a military base calling for the Venezuelan Army’s top brass to remove Maduro from power.

Within minutes, the rebellion was violently crushed, and Maduro’s authority restored. Nevertheless, over 50 countries — including the United States — insisted on formally recognizing Guaidó as the country’s legitimate leader, criticizing the elections that had cemented Maduro’s power as undemocratic.

Maduro has himself described the movement as an attempt to coup driven by the “obsessive efforts” of the Venezuelan right and the Colombian Oligarchy.

Three years have passed since the chaotic hours when Venezuela was on the verge of revolution. Due to Maduro’s government’s alleged violations against human rights, the US does not recognize him and has not called for his removal from power.

Last month, Maduro met with two White House officials in Caracas to broker the release of several US citizens in Venezuela.

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