RJohn Bolton's reference to the National Security Advisor: "5,000 soldiers to Colombia", Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez not.
He was interviewed during an interview with Fox News on Wednesday.
"National Security Advisor, John Bolton, had this block – and I'm sure you know it – he had an order saying," 5,000 US soldiers to Colombia. "Have you seen more US troops, been asked to be sent to your country or sent to your country?" Anchor Brett Baier asked.
Marquez said there was no such movement.
"No, we did not, we did not get 5,000 soldiers," Marquez replied. "I mean, I'm not good at reading notepads, and I said it yesterday – said today to John Bolton, but I think more than what the notepad has said is that the whole world must be united to demand the end the dictatorship in Venezuela. "
At the end of last month, during a White House briefing on sanctions against the Venezuelan oil industry, Bolton was held in a notebook with the words "5,000 soldiers to Colombia."
Although Defense Department officials said there were no plans to send troops to Colombia, a White House official told CNN "all options are on the table" as the US deals with Venezuelan socialist leader Nicolas Maduro.
Marquez met with Trump at the White House on Wednesday to discuss Venezuela, among other things. Trump confirmed to reporters that "all options" are being considered to force Maduro out of power. The US has recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the "interim president" of the South American country.
Maduro faces international pressure as his country struggles with rampant poverty and scarcity of basic goods. Many Venezuelans are fleeing the country to nearby Colombia, while Maduro is blocking the entry of relief supplies, including food shipped from the US and other countries.