Trump Mulls Declaring Maduro Opposition Leader “Legitimate President” Of Venezuela

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Tue, 01/15/2019

CNN has cited three unnamed administration sources to say President Trump is considering formally recognizing Venezuela’s opposition leader as the legitimate president following Nicolas Maduro’s contested inauguration last week for a second, six-year term as the country’s leader. And further CNN reports the White House is also mulling a complete embargo of Venezuelan oil.

It’s a reference to the 35-year-old head of Venezuela’s opposition-run parliament, Juan Guaidó, who some argue is the rightful president of the country. As the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela Guaidó stirred controversy following Maduro’s contested re-election by challenging Maduro’s rule in saying he was the only “legitimate power” that the Venezuelan people look to. He said at a political rally last Friday, a day after Maduro’s swearing in ceremony:

As President of the National Assembly, the only elected and legitimate power to represent the Venezuelan people, I have a responsibility to Venezuela: I stand by the Constitution…

Internationally pundits saw this as a significant challenge to Maduro’s contested presidency as a direct, combative declaration that it remains illegal and invalid, as Reuters noted of the speech that “he was prepared to assume the country’s presidency on an interim basis and call elections.”

CNN Espanol reports the following [rough translation]:

Trump is weighing recognition of the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, as the legitimate Venezuelan leader after Maduro, a socialist authoritarian who has presided over the political and economic crisis in Venezuela, took office last week for a second term.

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