Venezuela: Trump denies role in bungled incursion

President Donald Trump has rebuffed suggestions the US was behind what appears to have been a bungled incursion into venezuela to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro.

“If I wanted to go into venezuela I wouldn’t make a secret about it,” he told Fox News.

Venezuela foiled what it said was a US-backed invasion attempt last weekend.

The US backs opposition leader Juan Guaidó and recognises him as the country’s legitimate leader.

What was the incursion plan?

According to Venezuela, a group of “terrorist mercenaries” landed by boat in the town of Macuto on Sunday. Thirteen people, including two Americans, were arrested. Eight armed men were killed.

The Americans seized were Luke Denman, 34, and Airan Berry, 41. They appeared in videos shown on state TV on Wednesday and Thursday.

Mr Denman, a former special operations forces member, appears to confess to “helping Venezuelans take back control of their country”.

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President Nicolás Maduro (left) held a briefing after Venezuela showed what it said were detained US citizens Luke Denman (left in second image) and Airan Berry

He explains that he was hired to train Venezuelans in Colombia before…

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