An aborted uprising in Venezuela has raised tensions not only between competing factions within the country but among already strained rival international powers. And President Donald Trump’s administration might be looking for somewhere else to lay the blame. Amid a three-month standoff with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, U.S.-endorsed opposition leader Juan Guaidó announced the “final phase” of his self-proclaimed bid for the presidency last Tuesday, calling for members of the armed forces to defect as he gathered among a small, armed faction of former military personnel and demonstrators outside the La Carlota air base in Caracas. The government cracked down, culminating in clashes and conflicting reports of who supported who and what transpired as Maduro appeared to remain firmly in power a week later. As the uprising began to lose momentum, White House national security adviser John Bolton maintained the U.S. had been “well-informed” of the plan and claimed that three of Maduro’s most senior officials—Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, Supreme Court Chief Justice Maikel Moreno and Presidential Guard Commander Hernandez Dala—agreed to switch sides but ultimately did not. He blamed “the Cubans.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then claimed that Maduro “had an airplane on the tarmac, he was ready… Read full this story
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