Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro warned the White House of “another Vietnam” this week; accusing the Trump administration of organizing a “coup d’etat” in the once-rich Latin American nation.
“A campaign has been prepared to justify a coup d’etat in Venezuela, which has been prepared, financed and supported actively by the Donald Trump administration,” said Maduro on social media Tuesday.
The warning comes as the Venezuelan crisis has escalated over the last few hours, with at least 40 demonstrators killed in anti-government protests and some 850 arrested, according to NGO figures.. https://t.co/HnswXWfP4H
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“Let’s no permit a new Vietnam in Venezuela,” he added. “If the U.S. intends to invade us, they will have a Vietnam worse than they can imagine. Let’s not allow violence.”
BREAKING NOW: Venezuela’s Maduro Requests Direct Talks with President Trump
Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro signaled Monday that he’d seek direct talks with President Trump over his nation’s escalating political crisis; asking to speak with the Commander-in-Chief after the White House issued strict new economic penalties against his regime.
The Trump administration unveiled a new round of crippling sanctions against Venezuela’s government-owned oil industry this week; “blocking” $7 billion in energy assets as the local economy crumbles.
“Today’s designation of PDVSA will help prevent further diverting of Venezuela’s assets by Maduro and preserve these assets for the people of Venezuela,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said during a White House news conference. “The path to sanctions relief for PDVSA is through the expeditious transfer of control to the interim president or a subsequent democratically elected government who is committed to taking concrete and meaningful actions to combat corruption.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
LIFE SUPPORT: Venezuela’s Maduro to Receive MILLIONS in UN AID for the First Time
The United Nations announced this week it will be donating $9.2 million in aid to help ease Venezuela’s escalating financial and humanitarian disaster; the first emergency funding given to Socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s brutal regime.
“The United Nations on Monday announced $9.2 million in health and nutritional aid for crisis-stricken Venezuela,” writes Reuters. “It is the first U.N. emergency funding for the government of President Nicolas Maduro, which blames the country’s economic problems on U.S. financial sanctions.”
International critics argue the aid won’t likely reach those in need, but will end up in the hands of government officials and key Maduro insiders.
According to a former Venezuelan treasurer Maduro has taken in upwards of $1 billion in corruption and bribes since taking power.
Read the full report at Reuters.