Venezuela’s Juan Guaido Thanks Netanyahu for Recognizing Presidency

Ann Santiago
January 29, 2019

"We have continued to expose the corruption of (Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro and his cronies and today's action ensures they can no longer loot the assets of the Venezuelan people", Bolton said Monday.

At a United Nations Security Council debate on Saturday, Russia and China strongly backed Maduro and rejected calls by the US, Canada, Latin American countries and European powers for early elections.

The caution came after Spain, Britain, France, the Netherlands and Germany said Saturday they would recognize Guaido as interim president unless Maduro calls elections within eight days.

Maduro so far has not budged from his position, telling CNN Turk: "No one can give us an ultimatum".

Venezuelan oil exports to the US have declined steadily over the years, falling particularly sharply over the past decade as its production plummeted amid its long economic and political crisis.

Maduro started a second term on January 10 following a widely boycotted election a year ago that many foreign governments described as a sham.

Australia has joined the USA in backing Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela.

"We are waiting for you and the commitment you have to our constitution", Guaido said.

Trump administration also said Monday it would block 7$ billion in assets of Venezuela's state-run oil company.

FETÖ and its USA -based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, in Turkey, which left 251 people martyred and almost 2,200 injured.

The move risks provoking Maduro's allies, Russian Federation and China, which have bankrolled his government and fought off efforts to have his government disavowed by the United Nations.

President Donald Trump and several foreign leaders quickly recognised Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader, prompting Maduro to cut ties with the USA and order its diplomats from Caracas within 72 hours.

Maduro and Guaido, a 35-year-old engineer-turned-lawmaker, are now locked in a struggle for support in the streets, the military and the country's mainstay oil industry.

With Maduro's dismal record and a worldwide consensus against him, why are some in America's left turning their fire on the United States instead?

"When I learned about the coup attempt and saw photos of the nation defending their homeland, I immediately told my foreign minister to condemn this attack", he said.

This weekend, Guaido's supporters maintained a united front from NY and Brussels to the streets of Caracas, and the country's military attache in Washington declared allegiance to the newcomer.

The "State of the Union" episode also featured author Jerome Corsi, who said that information about him in last week's indictment of Roger Stone was "accurate" and said that he would "affirm that if asked to in court". In 2014, his political mentor, Leopoldo Lopez, was arrested during an outdoor rally, and numerous other politicians, activists and even two small-town firefighters who published an online video mocking Maduro as a mule have been arrested over the past year.

"Venezuela does not pose any threat to peace and security".

The Trump administration's quick recognition of Guaido was quickly met with alarm by progressive anti-war advocates and commentators, who denounced the move as the beginnings of a coup and warned that United States intervention in Venezuela's internal affairs will only make the country's economic and political crises worse.

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