As Guaido admits he needs more military support, Trump warns of worse to come in Venezuela
In an attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the country’s opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido this week called on the people of Venezuela to take to the streets, while urging members of the military to turn on their president. However, on Wednesday Guaido acknowledged that he had not secured sufficient support from the military to oust Maduro, and called for renewed protests.
Maduro slammed the protests as a “coup-de-etat attempt” for which he ultimately blamed US President Donald Trump. He called fur unity and urged his supporters to protest the developments.
Trump, who has recognized Guaido as interim president, predicted that the situation in Venezuela was going to get “very bad” on Thursday, while his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US will take military action “if that’s what’s required.” Analysts have said for months that the US may be planning a military campaign to overthrow Maduro, whose regime is supported by Russia and China.