Reporter on the Pentagon and the US Military [28. Januar um 23:25 Uhr] 19659005] British Security Advisor John Bolton apparently revealed confidential records written on a yellow block on Monday. It included a plan to send troops to Colombia as tensions escalated with Venezuela.
During a briefing in the White House to announce sanctions against Venezuela's oil industry, Bolton pressed the notepad against his jacket with outward-facing pages.
At the top of the front page were two points: "Afghanistan -> Welcome the Talks" – an obvious reference to the ongoing peace negotiations with the Taliban and "5,000 troops to Colombia".
Pentagon officials who talked about the sensitivity of the situation on the condition of anonymity said that the Department of Defense did not do so. He received orders to do so.
Asked about the briefing pad, the White House pointed to statements by President Trump and Bolton in recent days that "all options are on the table" regarding Venezuela's questions on military action potential in Venezuela. If it were issued, the troop movement would be a major escalation of US involvement in South America, though it is unclear what role servicemen would have.
The hospital ship USNS Comfort was dispatched to the Colombian port of Riohacha to treat Venezuelans migrants in the fall, but it has since returned home. The US military has been working with its Colombian counterpart for years, providing training in all areas from counterinsurgency to securing crashes.
Tensions between the United States and Venezuela – a constant for more than a dozen years – have risen to a crisis level Last week, after the United States recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president of the country. Guaidó, head of the country's National Assembly, called on the constitution last week to declare himself president of Venezuela.
The diplomatic crisis continued when the United States refused an order from President Nicolás Maduro to evacuate his embassy staff from the country.
It is not clear whether the publication of Bolton's notes was the result of a mishap or a deliberate decision.
"We continue to pursue all ways to separate the illegitimate Maduro regime from its sources of revenue and ensure this interim president. Guaido and the Venezuelan people have the resources and support they need to bring democracy back to Venezuela. " tweeted on Monday as pictures of the notes spread on social media.
It would not be the first time These notes or a briefing were inadvertently made public after being held in front of the camera at the Trump White House. Kris Kobach, the former Foreign Minister of Kansas and an ally of Trump, was photographed and kept a document for a "strategic plan" for the Department of Homeland Security during the 2016 transition, with the text visible above his hand. The plan included strict anti-immigration proposals, such as reducing the number of Syrian refugees to zero.
The speeches of Trump were provided with handwritten notes – sometimes with the words of the President. In July, the edge of a speech he delivered after a widely criticized performance with Russian President Vladimir Putin drew a flood of coverage after observers found the phrase "IT WAS NO COLLECTION" in capital letters with the word "collusion" misspelled had. on the document.
Anne Gearan and Paul Sonne contributed to this report.
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