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John Bolton Accidentally Reveals ‘5,000 Troops To Colombia’ Written On Notepad During Venezuela Briefing

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John Bolton Accidentally Reveals ‘5,000 Troops To Colombia’ Written On Notepad During Venezuela Briefing




At Monday’s press conference on the political crisis in Venezuela, several eagle-eyed reporters spotted scribblings on the notebook White House national security adviser John Bolton held which appeared to say “Afghanistan -> Welcome the Talks,” and “5,000 troops to Colombia.”

When asked about Bolton’s notes, a White House spokesman reportedly said, “As the President has said, all options are on the table.”



Three Defense officials later told NBC News that no U.S. troops or assets are heading to Colombia or Venezuela.

When asked at a press conference whether President Trump would consider sending military forces to help topple Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro, Bolton replied that “the president has made it very clear […] that all options are on the table.”

Bolton’s comments come as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin rolled out new sanctions against Maduro and his country’s state-run oil company, in another attempt to weaken him and bolster opposition leader Juan Guaidó.





The United States sided with National Assembly head Juan Guaidó, recognizing him as the country’s legitimate leader. Guaidó declared himself “acting president” Wednesday in a move honored by the U.S. and a number of its allies, but opposed by Maduro and his own partners.

As Washington’s diplomats were expelled from Caracas by Maduro, Bolton warned of a “significant response” against Venezuela should it harm any U.S. citizens.





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