While President Trump and the NSA defeat assassination coup attempts at home, Trump tries to negotiate with the new wicked witch of the west, Nancy Pelosi, and her Democrat flying monkeys over funding for the border wall, he also battles with the federal reserve daily. Today he reopened the government temporarily so employees can get their back pay and the people can get their income tax returns. Meanwhile, in his spare time he, Mike Pompeo and Marco Rubio initiate a soft coup of Venezuela, by recognizing Juan Guaidó as the president against the socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro who literally stole the election.
Trump called Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government “illegitimate” two weeks after Maduro’s inauguration for a second term. The declaration came after Juan Guaidó swore himself in as president with the support of several right-wing governments in Latin America.
Neighboring Colombia, which has taken the brunt of the Venezuelan refugee crisis because of the brutal dictator, has called for Maduro to step aside and Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, and Peru have all sided with the U.S.
As for the countries supporting Maduro, that’s Cuba, Bolivia and maybe Mexico. And not surprisingly Maduro’s regime has the support of Russia which is shocked, that any country would interfere in someone else’s dictatorship.
In an attempt to demonstrate control of power in Venezuela, Maduro attempted to cut off diplomatic relations with the US. and ordered our diplomats expelled. However, the US announced late yesterday that Maduro has no authority to do so. Juan Guaidó called on diplomats to remain. Some American diplomats on Friday evacuated Caracas under police escort, obeying an order from Mr. Maduro to leave despite Mr. Guido urging them not to.
The bank denied Venezuela’s withdrawal request after US officials asked their UK counterparts to help block the regime’s access to overseas assets, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The US on Thursday said it wanted to divert such funds to Mr. Guaido.
In a lecture at the Heritage Foundation in March, Rubio said he believes recently nominated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be a helpful ally in fighting repressive regimes in Latin America, specifically in Venezuela and Cuba. It would appear this plan has been on the table for a while.
Venezuela’s 35-year-old ‘interim president’ Juan Guaidó has urged the military to defect amid the promise of possible amnesty for Nicolas Maduro.
The Washington-led move has put the US on a collision course with both Venezuela and Russia, which has stationed its planes in Venezuela. Mr. Maduro has frequently visited Moscow to seek support from Mr. Putin, and Moscow now accuses the US of trying to usurp power in Venezuela.
Mr. Guaido’s assumption of power on Wednesday, January 23, was greeted with jubilation at home by opponents of the embattled Mr. Maduro.
On Friday hundreds gathered for Mr. Guaido’s press conference, excited to see what would happen.
The youthful politician, who was briefly detained earlier this month by security services, said he hoped to hold free and fair elections to designate the official president.
When asked if he was considering involving military support to aid the Venezuela government, Trump said he would not rule out that option. Trump never rules out any options.
Here you can listen to some remarks about the coup from a retired X-coup expert Steve Pieczenik who specialized in coups himself.