Trump says John Bolton 'was holding me back' on Cuba and Venezuela

13 Septembre, 2019, 05:46 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Trump says John Bolton 'was holding me back' on Cuba and Venezuela

After the abrupt termination of National Security Advisor John Bolton, US President Donald Trump insists that the White House appointee only held back his hawkish policy views on Latin America - but does someone else have his ear?

"Just spoke to @realDonaldTrump on #Venezuela", Rubio tweeted.

Trump also slammed Bolton for his staunch support of both United States invasions of Iraq. "He was holding me back!". Marco Rubio (R-FL) who said he was assured in a meeting with Trump that he would take a hard-line stance on Venezuela. "But as he reminded me it's actually the DIRECT OPPOSITE of what many claim or assume, if in fact the direction of policy changes it won't be to make it weaker".

Trump didn't elaborate in a tweet on Thursday.

CNN commentator and Miami resident Ana Navarro tweeted to her 1.2 million followers Wednesday that "Trump doesn't give a damn about Cuba, Venezuela or Nicaragua".

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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 US sanctions on the OPEC nation. Rick Scott and South Carolina Republican Sen. I thought he was way out of line and I think I've proven to be right, ' Trump said.

One senior administration official said Wednesday that Trump had grown tired of repeated vows from Bolton that Maduro would be out of office in short order.

That official pointed to the administration's national security strategy, which predated Bolton's tenure and called for "strong diplomatic engagement" to isolate rogue nations in the Western Hemisphere.

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

Trump has refused to rule out military action in Venezuela.

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