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John Bolton Says He “Helped Plan Coups” in Foreign Countries

HeadlineJul 13, 2022

President Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton said Tuesday that he had helped plan coups in foreign countries. Bolton made the remark to CNN’s Jake Tapper as the pair discussed the Capitol insurrection and whether former President Trump was able to effectively plan a coup d’état.

Jake Tapper: “One doesn’t have to be brilliant to attempt a coup.”

John Bolton: “I disagree with that, as someone who has helped plan coups d’état — not here, but, you know, other places. It takes a lot of work.”

In 2004, when Bolton was with the State Department, he reportedly backed the coup in Haiti that removed the democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Bolton also pushed for regime change during the U.S. occupation of Iraq and in 2018 said that the U.S. should overthrow the government of Iran.

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