Bolton: Trump Thought Venezuela Was Part Of U.S. And Wanted To Invade It For Fun
Former national security adviser John Bolton claims in his new book that President Donald Trump said it would be “cool” to invade Venezuela and that the country was "really part of the United States," according to The Hill.
Bolton makes the claim in the book, "In The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir," a copy of which was obtained by several news outlets.
The Hill noted that this is not the first account of Trump’s musings about Venezuela, recalling that The Associated Press reported in July 2018 that the president asked top aides why the U.S. couldn’t just invade the South American country, as it suffered amid economic turmoil and civil unrest.
Bolton reportedly also describes Trump as wishy-washy on supporting Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó after he declared himself president of the country.
While Trump approved of a proposal from Bolton to say the U.S. recognized Guaidó rather than [President Nicolás Maduro] as Venezuela's president, within 30 hours he was musing that Guaidó appeared weak like a "kid," while Maduro was "tough," according to The Washington Post. The president thought about reversing that decision, Bolton says.