Sun May 5, 2019, 02:17 AM

Venezuela Tests Trump-Bolton Relationship

BY ELLEN MITCHELL - 05/04/19 04:49 PM EDT 341

President Trump and national security adviser John Bolton's relationship is being put to the test by the escalating crisis in Venezuela.

Bolton this week signaled support for military intervention in the South American country to oust embattled President Nicolás Maduro, a move that would pose a challenge for Trump, who has so far indicated a preference for and campaigned on scaling down existing military conflicts and avoiding new ones.

While Trump has said all options are on the table for Venezuela, Bolton has become the public face of any military effort. On Friday, Bolton met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan at the Pentagon to discuss the situation in Venezuela.

But Trump has long declared that the United States is done with nation building. He has called for an end to the war in Afghanistan and has withdrawn hundreds of U.S. troops in Syria.

Those two competing schools of thought on foreign intervention are now playing out at the highest level within the administration as the U.S. hashes out its course of action on Venezuela.

“The administration is very divided,” Paul W. Posner, a Venezuela expert at Clark University, told The Hill. “Trump likes Bolton’s rhetoric, but I don’t think he’s interested in intervening in Venezuela.”

The president tends to “adopt positions he thinks will help him politically at home,” Posner added. “He’s not going to pull the trigger.”

But much of what the White House has been saying on Venezuela has been influenced by Bolton, according to William LeoGrande, a professor at American University who specializes in U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America.



Kick his ass, along with Pompeo and Elliott Abrams ass down the road Mr. President. You'll be glad you did!!!

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Sun May 5, 2019, 03:41 AM

1. Pompeo makes Trump look like a liar.

He is out of sync with Trump.

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