Democratic Lawmakers Scold Trump for Recognising Guaido ‘Without Clear Plan’

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US President Donald Trump has so far failed to rule out the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela, which is in the grip of a power struggle between incumbent President Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Over a dozen Democratic representatives have teamed up to condemn Donald Trump’s line on the ongoing constitutional crisis in Venezuela, describing the recognition of self-proclaimed interim leader Guaido as a somewhat half-baked decision.

Sixteen lawmakers, including rising Democrat star Ocasio-Cortez and the two first Muslim women in Congress, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, sent a joint letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“We write to express out deep concern regarding the Trump Administration’s handling of relations with Venezuela, particularly its suggestions of military intervention, imposition of broad unilateral sanctions, and recent recognition of an opposition leader as interim president without a clear plan in place to hold democratic elections and avoid an escalation of violence,” reads the letter.

On 23 January, the United States endorsed Juan Guaido, who called for fresh elections and urged Nicolas Maduro to quit. Back then, Donald Trump said that Washington was “not considering anything, but all options are on the table”.

The signers fear that this statement could imply a military intervention to oust Maduro and deepen Venezuela’s economic crisis.

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