Trump Administration Discussed Coup Plans With Rebel Venezuelan Officers
The Trump administration met with a number of military officers planning coup options in the country, according to the New York Times. The U.S. has a difficult history of covert operations in Latin America and the administration ultimately decided against supporting the efforts, which have since stalled with many plotters arrested. Venezuelan leader Maduro has consistently claimed that the U.S. is working to remove him from power, and this revelation will likely become a volatile political issue in the country and the region. Maduro has already experienced a number of attacks including a helicopter attack last year and, more recently, an exploding drone in August. These attacks and threats of new attacks have heightened the uncertainty in a country reeling from economic collapse and political instability.