US President Donald Trump has expressed frustration with his senior officials over how difficult a task removing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has proven, anonymous senior administration officials and advisers to the White House have told the Washington Post.

According to one senior official, Trump recently joked that National Security Adviser John Bolton wanted to pull him “into a war” in Venezuela, with the joke reportedly revealing more senior concerns. He also complained about Bolton’s attempt to box him ‘into a corner’ and go ‘beyond where he felt comfortable’ on Venezuela policy, another official familiar with US Venezuela policy said.

Furthermore, White House officials said that although the president had an affinity for Juan Guaido, he has also ‘wondered aloud’ about how much the US really knows about him, and questioned whether he is really ready to take over governing the country.

Three other officials also told WP that the president has complained openly about Bolton and others underestimating the strength of President Maduro, who Trump has reportedly referred to as a “tough cookie.”

Officials said that the failure of last Tuesday’s military coup have ‘effectively shelved serious discussion’ of major US military action in Venezuela, with the White House now hoping to wait Maduro out.

Two officials and an outside adviser said that Trump is now disinterested in approving any kind of direct military intervention against the Latin American country.

Options now reportedly include sending troops to neighbouring countries and/or the Navy to Venezuela’s shores as a show of force, ramping up aid to Venezuela’s neighbours, and providing more aid to Venezuelans who fled their home country during the crisis.

Nevertheless, despite his irritation with Bolton on Venezuela, Trump has no plans to fire him and told him to continue focusing on the country, two senior administration officials told WP.

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The long-running political crisis that was sparked in January when opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself ‘interim president’ entered a new phase on April 30, when Guiado and other opposition figures called on military personnel to join the opposition and take to the streets of Caracas to depose the government.

The situation, which Caracas called as a coup attempt, turned violent, with some 240 people suffering injured, according to the UN. Venezuelan officials have begun a formal investigation into the circumstances of last week’s violence.


Source: Sputnik, WP

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  1. What did I say would happen with Venezuela?
    It was the same stuff about NoKo, while everybody in the comments of a well known intl. US-News site was thinking the WW3 was about to start, that there would be a nuclear exchange, etc. I was pointing that KJU had been educated in the best Swiss boarding schools, that he wasn’t crazy at all, that most that came about him and his alleged crimes outsourced from S-Korea intelligence and was as realistic as Palestinian lies about Israel, that KJU was someone absolutely rational and that NK invented the Madman’s Politic that was reused by both Nixon and Trump and that KJU and Trump would end sitting at the same table which never occured between the prez of both countries and they’d maybe even become friends.

    IMHO, Bolton was given an orange light, a bit like it was the case for the Bay of Pigs or for Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait : if it succeeds, e.g. like the coup in Ukraine, that’s OK, if it fails, face the consequences.
    When the Bay of Pig affair proved that the beach-landing was compromised, these idiots should have immediately pulled-out but didn’t, Saddam was offered the opportunity to pull out from Kuwait cleanly and didn’t seized it, moreover, it could have turned even much better for him since he could have led a Blitzkrieg an rushed to Ryadh which would had gotten the world rid of one of its worst dictatorships. Moreover, had Saddam negotiated a peace treaty with Israel instead of shooting Scuds on them, he may have ended with the Jewish lobbying siding with him. In fact, his worst mistakes were having gassed the Kurds and shot ballistic missiles on Israel, but hey, that’s the stupid decisions snorting cocaine politicians do.

    Bolton often proved himself idiotic, Vz is NOT a threat for USA+allies and in fact, a good part of what Vz people endures comes from US sanctions.
    Now it’s time to consider relieving sanctions for concessions from the Maduro regime.
    Moreover, it’s even a bit difficult to see Vz as an ugly dictatorship : there is no death penalty, no assassination of opponents, Guaido wasn’t even jailed, they’re not known to use torture and there is political cohabitation which equates to democracy since an opposition parliament has been elected.
    Bolton shall stop believing in his bogus interpretation of the Monroe doctrine and in the long time gone Banana Republics, he’s not Allen Dulles!

    • “Trump has no plans to fire him and told him to continue focusing on the country”
      1.) So Trump has free hand for a much serious operation that he’s cooking without Bolton with his delirious advising.
      2.) This may be useful if behind the scene talks are held. Maduro has to exploit it to find a win-win agreement which would lift the sanctions and have the Yanks stopping to pressure Vz. Any way, oil production is at the 3rd of what it should be to allow Vz to repay its huge debts simply because the oil production systems have desecrated since Chavez has nationalised US oil companies, the production gear being deprived from spare-parts.

      My advice : just like Assad, Maduro has some cards to play that any leader into real-politik would, unfortunately, as Assad, he seems tied by ideological issues which end to be millstones when elasticity is required.
      And I’m probably more leftist than Maduro, but politic is the art of possible, utopia has no place in it, neither have ideology nor bigotry. A good politician shall be driven by pragmatism and realism, not by fantasies.