John Bolton 'was holding me back!' on Cuba, Venezuela

Evarado Alatorre
Setiembre 13, 2019

"My views on Venezuela, and especially Cuba, were far stronger than those of John Bolton".

Donald Trump continued to clobber his former national security adviser on Thursday, claiming his dismissal of the famously hawkish John Bolton would strengthen the administration's approach to totalitarian leftist nations. He was holding me back!' the president tweeted.

"If in fact the direction of policy changes it won't be to make it weaker", Rubio said of Trump.

Trump also slammed Bolton for his staunch support of both USA invasions of Iraq. Bolton's departure from the White House led some to speculate Trump might take a softer approach on the matter.

Five hours later, Trump sent out a tweet of his own. And he wanted nothing to do with John Bolton.

Elliott Abrams, the USA special representative for Venezuela, insisted Wednesday that Bolton's departure will have no impact on policy in Washington, where he said support for opposition leader Juan Guaido "is truly bipartisan".

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On Tuesday, Trump said that he would "be naming a new national security adviser next week".

The president was reported to be angry with Bolton for predicting a quick toppling of Maduro and growing impatient with the fact the leftist leader was still in power after a USA campaign of economic sanctions - led by Bolton - failed to remove Maduro.

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".

Rubio's spokesperson said Trump remains committed to strong diplomacy and humanitarian action throughout the Western Hemisphere to further isolate Venezuela.

It's also tightened economic sanctions on Cuba to try and both reform its government and get it to drop it's backing of Maduro's regime in Venezuela.

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