Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro is outright dismissing international calls for his opposition leader to assume control of the government; accusing the United States of attempting to steal his nation’s “oil, gas, and gold.”
Maduro’s comments come hours after the Trump administration recognized Juan Guaido as the ‘Interim President’ of Venezuela; saying the socialist regime has lost all credibility after years of economic and political chaos.
“We know that this will have consequences,” said Guaido as he was ushered to an unknown location to avoid arrest.
“Don’t trust the gringos,” screamed Maduro at the presidential palace. “They don’t have friends or loyalties. They only have interests, the nerve and the ambition to take Venezuela’s oil, gas and gold.”
The military has seemingly backed Maduro during the ongoing crisis, but cracks are beginning to show in his regime’s loyalty. Just last week, a rogue national guard unit defected; fleeing into neighboring countries after breaking from Maduro’s government.
Read the full report at the Associated Press.
ON THE BRINK: Venezuela’s Maduro Says President Trump is ‘OUT TO KILL’ Him
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro escalated his war-of-words with the Trump administration Friday; directly accusing the White House of organizing multiple assassination attempts against the socialist leader.
Maduro was speaking during a televised broadcast when he claimed multiple “hit jobs” had originated from inside Washington; saying assassins have been “given the order from the White House.”
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— MailOnline Video (@MailOnlineVideo) October 12, 2018
“From the United States, they have decided to kill me,” said Maduro.
“They have given the order from the White House that Maduro is to be killed […] They will not even touch a single hair of mine, because God and the people of Venezuela protect me.”
VENEZUELA UPRISING: Maduro ‘On the Brink’ as Demonstrators Take to the Streets
Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro appeared on the brink Wednesday morning, with thousands of citizens taking to the streets in support of the nation’s opposition party after years of economic collapse.
“Venezuela’s re-invigorated opposition faces a crucial test Wednesday as it seeks to fill streets nationwide with protesters in an appeal to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government,” writes the Associated Press.
“The protests have been called to coincide with a historic date for Venezuelans — the anniversary of the 1958 coup that overthrew military dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez. Government supporters are also expected to march in downtown Caracas in a rival show of strength,” adds the article.
Cracks in Maduro’s brutal regime appeared towards the end of last week when a rogue National Guard unit defected; prompting Vice President Mike Pence to send a direct message to the Venezuelan people.
“We stand with you until Democracy is restored,” said Pence.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.