All it takes to be a President: Trump congratulates self-proclaimed Venezuelan President Guaidó
One of the core Trump campaign slogans was to not to install 'democracies'
Donald Trump personally congratulated Juan Guaidó, who he acknowledges as interim president of Venezuela, in a telephone conversation on Wednesday, White House reports.
According to the White House, Trump praised the ‘historic takeover of the presidency’ and promised in the conversation ‘to support Venezuela’s path to stability’. The US head of state also said that he would keep in regular contact with the self-proclaimed head of state.
Both men also talked about the planned protests in Venezuela against President Nicolas Maduro, who is called ‘former dictator’ in the communication.
Juan Guaidó called himself Venezuela’s interim president last Wednesday for a big demonstration of the opposition in Caracas. Shortly thereafter, he was recognized by the US, Canada and several South American countries. Meanwhile, more than 30 countries have recognized Guaidó.
Pressure put on Maduro
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has repeated Wednesday to Russian media that he is willing to talk to the opposition in an attempt to end the political crisis in the South American country. Maduro said earlier that he is prepared to meet Guaidó.
“I am ready to sit at the negotiating table with the opposition so that we can talk in the interests of Venezuela, of peace and of its future,” Maduro said in an interview with the Russian press agency RIA Novosti, which was published on Wednesday.
The offer comes at the moment that Maduro’s regime increases the pressure on his rival Juan Guaidó. For example, the Supreme Court forbade him to leave the country on Tuesday, and his bank accounts were frozen.
New protests on the way
On Wednesday, the Venezuelan opposition took to the streets again to convince the army to choose the side of Guaidó. The latter asked the European Union Wednesday in the German newspaper Bild to introduce ‘more sanctions’ against the Maduro regime.