On Tuesday morning Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called on the military to rise up and oust the Socialist Maduro regime. Guaido appeared with activist Leopoldo Lopez who was freed from house arrest by members of the military. Later that morning the Maduro Regime supporters fired tear gas on the Guaido protesters.
And then the Venezuelan National Guard started attacking other National Gaurd Troops. Talk about a HOLE! Trump has had his hands full trying to sort the Venezuelan situation out and from the looks of things, the country has an uprising on their hands.
“US President Donald Trump said on Friday he focused on humanitarian aid for Venezuelans during a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, backing away from recent harsh rhetoric about Russian involvement in the crisis.
Trump and Putin spoke for more than an hour on several topics, their first known conversation since December and since tensions flared in Venezuela, where Washington backs opposition leader Juan Guaido and Moscow supports Maduro.
A month ago, when Russia sent a contingent of special forces to Caracas, Trump told reporters, “Russia has to get out.”
On Friday, he made no mention of the troops.
“We talked about many things, Venezuela was one of the topics,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
“And he [Putin] is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela other than he would like to see something positive happen for Venezuela, and I feel the same way. We want to get some humanitarian aid – right now people are starving, they have no food, they have no water,” Trump said.”
Opposition activist Leopoldo Lopez spoke with reporters on Thursday at the gate of the Spanish ambassador’s home in the Venezuelan capital, days after breaking house arrest to join an attempted military revolt against Maduro.
Ambassador Mario Isea told Radio Nacional de Espana that permitting Lopez to urge Venezuelans to back the uprising is “inappropriate.”
He said on Friday that it’s “extraordinary for [Lopez] to use the ambassador’s residence as an operational base to abet a military uprising,” according to private Spanish news agency Europa Press.