Trump: Russia doesn’t want to get involved in Venezuela. (But Russia is involved.)
“Spin this any way you want, Maduro must leave Venezuela or spend the rest of his life in the slammer for the crimes he has committed,” says Michele Francis, a nurse working in a hospital run by a faith-based group in Venezuela.
That China, Iran and Russia support Nicholas Maduro, is not adding to the credibility of Maduro. The despot who is the former president of Venezuela but hoisted to power by a military junta is accused around the world by at least 50 countries of financial crimes and crimes that violate the rights of the Venezuelan people. Stealing billions of dollars in gold from the people, leaving adults starving and children undernourished is just one of the many items of malignant conduct.
Women and children are starving in Venezuela. Millions have been forced to leave to a safer, healthier environment. The UN estimates 2.7 million have gone to the Caribbean and Latin America. Most migrants have gone to Colombia. Estimates of Venezuelans emigrating to Colombia are 1.1 million, Peru 506,000, Chile 288,000, Ecuador 221,000, Argentina 130,000, and Brazil 96,000.
A firm 68% of the population of Venezuela support interim President Juan Guaido in an average of two independent polls. By next week, pollsters anticipate a climb in that number as there has been in the past week.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov and America’s Secretary of State Pompeo will meet in a matter of days. Mr. Lovrov will meet with Nicholas Maduro’s contested foreign affairs executive Jorge Arreaza.
On Friday, Donald Trump says he spent one hour on the phone with Vladimir Putin and presumably using telepathy because the phone call was audio only, he saw Putin smile. The two discussed Venezuela, with Trump declaring that Mr. Putin does not want to get involved in Venezuela.
Face time between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is rare. The two are intended to meet in Finland.
Bernie Saunders, on Friday, called Donald Trump a “pathological liar”. Others have done the same.
“President Trump has made more than 10,000 false or misleading statements,” said the Washington Post a week ago.
According to sources inside Venezuela there are mercenaries from Cuba, Russia and the United States inside Venezuela’s birders. Russia has about 500 mercenaries in-country and around 100 troops plus dozens of civilian officials.
President Trump’s Summary of the Putin Conversation on Venezuela is Raising Eyebrows. “Not Involved?”
“Donald Trump said that Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t seeking to “get involved” in the crisis in Venezuela, despite assertions by the American president’s top national security advisers that the Kremlin is offering critical support to Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
“He is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela other than he’d like to see something positive happen for Venezuela,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, following a call with the Russian leader earlier in the day. “And I feel the same way. We want to get some humanitarian aid — right now people are starving, they have no water, they have no food.”
“The conversation, which Trump went on to describe as “very positive,” appeared to be yet another example of Trump taking Putin’s claims at face value despite contrary evidence from his own government. The White House national security adviser, John Bolton, and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo both said earlier this week that the Kremlin talked Maduro out of leaving Venezuela after U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido attempted to end his regime on Tuesday by calling for a military uprising.”