Trump Goes Cold On Bolton Over Venezuela: He Wants To Get Me ‘Into A War’

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton and President Donald Trump (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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May 9, 2019 8:39 a.m.

President Trump is starting to sour on his national security adviser after the failure of a U.S.-backed mission to force Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro out office, The Washington Post reported.

According to administration officials and people close to the White House who spoke to the Post, Trump’s ire is directed at John Bolton primarily over Bolton’s penchant for intervening in other country’s wars.

While Trump jokingly suggested this week that Bolton wants to get him “into a war,” he’s also been complaining that Bolton may have miscalculated on Maduro and pushed Trump “into a corner,” in the Post’s words. Despite the irritation, Trump doesn’t plan to oust his national security adviser anytime soon, two senior administration officials told the Post.

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