October 12, 2018
This is a whole other thing that we should definitely not be involved in.
I get that there are financial interests in this country, but it’s already to the point where it can hardly keep from collapsing in on itself, and that collapse would be a lot better than an assassination.
Socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the Trump administration on Thursday of seeking to assassinate him, as relations strain between the ideologically opposed nations.
Asked about Maduro’s comments, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council said: “U.S. policy preference for a peaceful, orderly return to democracy in Venezuela remains unchanged.”
Venezuela’s opposition says Maduro lobs ludicrous accusations at enemies to deflect from his own incompetence.
Almost 2 million Venezuelans have fled the ailing oil-rich nation since 2015, driven out by brutal food and medicine shortages, hyperinflation, and violent crime.
Washington has imposed sanctions on Venezuela, denouncing Maduro as a dictator who has quashed human rights and triggered an economic meltdown.
The White House accused Maduro’s government on Wednesday of involvement in the death of a jailed Venezuelan politician whom authorities say killed himself but whom opposition parties say was murdered.
Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader, said in a televised broadcast on Thursday night the United States had asked the government in neighboring Colombia to kill him.
“They have given the order from the White House that Maduro be killed,” said Maduro, flanked by workers. He vowed that “they will not even touch a single hair of mine.”
Maduro did not give an explanation for his accusations and did not provide any evidence. Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not respond to a request for further information.
After the government is overthrown by rioting peasants, then they’ll demand an end to communism.
If we’re going to run these countries, we should just do it outright, rather than through backwards sneaky ways.
That said, I don’t think Trump is planning to assassinate Maduro. This is propaganda meant for domestic consumption. The whole “fighting the great satan” thing that brown people do.