National Security Adviser John Bolton took to Twitter to make a not-so-veiled threat against disputed Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. As the prospects grow that U.S.-backed interim-President Juan Guaido will return soon to Venezuela, the White House virtually threatened Venezuela to insure his safety.
Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido has announced his planned return to Venezuela. Any threats or acts against his safe return will be met with a strong and significant response from the United States and the international community.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) March 4, 2019
‘Meanwhile, Senator Marco Rubio, who has been very vocal about the happenings in Venezuela and our support of Guaido, also took to Twitter to threaten others associated with Maduro, including the Venezuelan military:
.@NicolasMaduro is not a virtuous,patriotic or enlightened man.
He is an illegitimate tyrant. And if he arrests or harms @jguaido he will do so without any judicial,legal or moral authority.
If the TSJ & armed forces allow this, they will face the same fate that awaits him. https://t.co/5WHKFg0YKh
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 4, 2019
I’m not crazy at all about getting involved in any way in Venezuela’s political mess. The people definitely need our help and the contested president is at the heart of keeping his people from receiving the aid they need. But we’re still talking about a sovereign nation that should be allowed to handle their internal strife as they see fit until they request assistance.
We can’t be sure that Guaido didn’t ask for direct help from the United States, nor do we know for sure whether the U.S. government offered him help. But if he did and we did, then this threat from Bolton makes sense.
As long as we don’t get into nation building or sending in American troops to get involved in the internal dispute of this sovereign nation, any actions or even threats are valid and acceptable.