“Every option is on the table with respect to Venezuela,” Trump said.
Confirming US Orchestration, Report Details Pence’s Key Phone Call to Venezuelan Opposition Leader
As U.S. lawmakers, civil society leaders, and Latin America experts continue to warn against American intervention in Venezuela’s internal political affairs, the Wall Street Journal on Friday confirmed suspicions that opposition leader Juan Guaido’s move to declare himself “interim president” of Venezuela this week was highly coordinated with the Trump White House and Republican lawmakers.
“The U.S. is not just ‘behind’ this coup; the U.S. is openly leading the coup.”
—Ben Norton, The Real News
According to the Journal, Vice President Mike Pence called Guaido the night before his announcement and “pledged” that the Trump administration would support him “if he seized the reins of government from [elected President] Nicolas Maduro by invoking a clause in the South American country’s constitution.”
“That late-night call set in motion a plan that had been developed in secret…
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