Obtained from Facebook, compliments of Greta Van Susteren.
For all of you following what is happening in Venezuela…here are the rough pool notes from NSA John Bolton talking to the press pool short time ago:
Trump said all options on the table, does that include military?
“I think that speaks for itself. What we’re focusing on today is disconnecting the illegitimate Maduro regime from the source of its revenues. We think consistent with our recognition of Juana Guaido as the constitutional interim president of Venezuela that those revenues should go to the legitimate government, it’s very complicated, we’re looking at a lot of different things we have to do, but that’s in the process. We’re speaking with governments in this hemisphere which have overwhelmingly recognize the new constitutional government. We’re talking to our colleagues in Europe and elsewhere to demonstrate widespread political support for the interim presidency, and we’re moving to do everything we can to strengthen this new legitimate representative government”
Has the President spoken to opposition leader?
“The vice president spoke to him the evening before the recognition statement made by the president and others are speaking with him as well, through our embassy in Caracas, our personnel, we’re still there, they’ve been invited to stay by the legitimate government, consistent with their safety, that’s our intention, but we’re working really around the clock here to do what we can to strengthen the new government”
Since the beginning of the administration, Maduro and his government have been the focus of sanction while other authoritarian leaders have gotten congratulatory calls, why is Maduro worse than all the other dictators, say in China, in Turkey, in the Philippines, in Russia, etc?
“Well your question is full of fallacies that I won’t go into intricate answers on though I would be in a drier environment be happy to do that, the fact is Venezuela is in our hemisphere, I think we have a special responsibility here, and I think the president feels very strongly about it.”