Trump, Guaido to Collaborate on Efforts to Restore Democracy to Venezuela

Trump, Guaido to Collaborate on Efforts to Restore Democracy to Venezuela

At Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center, the vice president will participate in a roundtable discussion with " Venezuelan exiles and community leaders including families, political prisoners and former elected officials who were forced to flee their country due to political persecution" according to a statement provided by the White House.

Maduro's government has been backed by China, Russia and Turkey with the Kremlin saying this week that it expects Venezuela to pay its debts.

"We're in conversation with major American companies now", he said.

Bogota and Washington have routinely denied that, while foes say Maduro uses such accusations as a smokescreen when in trouble. White House national security adviser John Bolton fueled speculation this week when reporters saw a notepad he was carrying had the words "5,000 troops to Colombia" written on it. Colombia neighbors Venezuela. The last interesting news was that the U.S.' man in Venezuela, Guaido, appointed "representatives", including the Lima Group, to 10 countries.

Russian Federation accused the Donald Trump administration of attempting "to engineer a coup d'etat" against President Nicolas Maduro.

The pro-government Supreme Court has barred Guaido, who is calling for large anti-Maduro street protests this week, from leaving the country. He said Trump has his eyes on Venezuela's vast oil reserves and warned against any US military intervention.

The U.S.is hitting Venezuela's state-owned oil company with sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on Maduro to leave office.

The 35-year-old opposition lawmaker, who is president of the National Assembly, wants new elections, arguing that Maduro fraudulently won a second term last year.

Venezuela's opposition plans protests Wednesday to urge the military, the lynchpin of Maduro's beleaguered regime, to dump him in favor of self-declared interim leader Juan Guaido. He is unlikely to back down unless that changes.

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Last week, Guaido declared Maduro's rule illegitimate and declared himself Venezuela's leader. "It's that simple, especially when it comes to Venezuela".

"I'm going out now more than ever", said Sobeia Gonzalez, 63.

"Presidential elections in Venezuela have taken place, and if imperialists want new elections let them wait until 2025", he said in an apparent reference to Washington.

Maduro, who has led the oil-rich country since taking over from Chavez in 2013, has thus far refused to step down, claiming that he is the country's rightful president.

"They have prepared a campaign to justify a coup d'etat in Venezuela that has been prepared, financed, and actively supported by Donald Trump's administration, as the public knows".

Colville said more than 40 people were believed to have been killed "in different manners" in the recent protests, including 11 people reportedly killed by "unidentified individuals" linked to incidents of looting. Hundreds have also been arrested, including children.

(Maduro's second term, won in rigged elections in 2108, is not recognized by the opposition.) Guaidó proclaimed himself president before crowds of supporters in Caracas at mass anti-government protests on Jan 23, triggering US support.

Attorney General Tarek William Saab made his request to the government-stacked Supreme Court, and also asked it to block Guaido's financial accounts.

Maduro told RIA Novosti that he is "willing to sit down for talks with the opposition for the sake of Venezuela's peace and its future".

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