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Trump Gets Frustrated with John Bolton’s Interventionism

Seems like maybe President Trump is not going to let himself get dragged by Neocons into a war in Venezuela.

According to the Washington Post:

President Trump is questioning his administration’s aggressive strategy in Venezuela following the failure of a U.S.-backed effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro, complaining he was misled about how easy it would be to replace the socialist strongman with a young opposition figure, according to administration officials and White House advisers.

The president’s dissatisfaction has crystallized around national security adviser John Bolton and what Trump has groused is an interventionist stance at odds with his view that the United States should stay out of foreign quagmires.

Trump has said in recent days that Bolton wants to get him “into a war” — a comment that he has made in jest in the past but that now betrays his more serious concerns, one senior administration official said.

The administration’s policy is officially unchanged in the wake of a fizzled power play last week by U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó. But U.S. officials have since been more cautious in their predictions of Maduro’s swift exit, while reassessing what one official described as the likelihood of a diplomatic “long haul.”

3 Responses to Trump Gets Frustrated with John Bolton’s Interventionism

  1. Sadly, Maduro isn’t going anywhere. He can keep stealing the oil money to pay off his cronies in the military and security forces.

  2. That is what I expected. While President Trump is likely not a military savant, he did attend a military boarding school so he is not complete untutored, AND he has very strong, deeply held, thoughts about how and when and where the USA should exercise military force.

    I’m glad to see his determination being reported (although I did not click through to read the whole article – thanks for posting the paragraphs, Keith. The paywall at WaPo always stops me).