Monday, February 25, 2019

Pence Foreign Meddling: Meets With Venezuela's Guaido

 Colombian President Ivan Duque (C), Vice President Mike Pence (R) and Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido in Colombia today. 
Vice President Mike Pence told Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido that Donald Trump supports him "100 percent" as the pair met in Bogota, Colombia alongside Colombian President Ivan Duque.

Guaido claimed that "indulging" the elected President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, "would be a threat to all of America," while Duque called for "more powerful and effective" pressure on the Venezuelan leader.

"We hope for a peaceful transition to democracy. But President Trump has made it clear: all options are on the table," said Pence, clearly ignoring the farewell address comments of founding father George Washington who advised that the US refrain from meddling in foreign affairs.

Guaido, the 35-year-old leader of Venezuela's National Assembly, declared himself acting president in January. But after Saturday's events, which included a failed Guaido ordered attempt to bust a Maduro blockade along the Venezuela border to deliver "humanitarian aid," it is "not very clear" that Guaido has "massive" support in Venezuela, analyst Rafael Pineros told AFP.

More than 300 people were injured in disturbances over the weekend at crossings on the Colombian and Brazilian borders.

Guaido says 300,000 people face death if those supplies are not brought in but Maduro claims it's a smokescreen to cover a US invasion.

Maduro has ordered several crossings on Venezuela's borders with Colombia and Brazil closed.


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