Embattled Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro is accusing President Donald Trump of orchestrating his assassination, as he attempts to build political support to remain in power.
From Daily Caller:
In an interview with RIA — a Russian state-run news agency — on Wednesday, Maduro claimed that Trump has asked the government of Colombia and the Colombian mafia to assassinate him.
“Donald Trump has without doubt given an order to kill me and has told the government of Colombia and the Colombian mafia to kill me,” Maduro said according to Reuters.
The U.S. recently recognized National Assembly leader Juan Guaido as the rightful president of Venezuela, after Maduro was “re-elected” last year in what was considered by many to be a sham election.
On Wednesday morning, Trump announced new sanctions on the Maduro regime, targeting the country’s vast oil reserves, while also warning Americans not to travel to the country.
“Maduro willing to negotiate with opposition in Venezuela following U.S. sanctions and the cutting off of oil revenues,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “[Juan] Guaido is being targeted by Venezuelan Supreme Court. Massive protest expected today. Americans should not travel to Venezuela until further notice.”
Maduro and the Venezuelan Supreme Court targeted Guaido on Tuesday by freezing his bank account and imposing a travel ban on the 35-year-old opposition leader.