Trump Backs Venezuelan Opposition Leader As ‘Acting President’ In Chaotic Aftermath Of Attempted Coup

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Wed, 01/23/2019

In the chaotic aftermath of the latest coup attempt against Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, the head of the Venezuelan assembly has proclaimed himself ‘acting president’ with the explicit backing of the US in what’s looking more and more like a successful, US-backed coup.

During a speech in Caracas, he promised to run the country until free elections can be held.

Clashes have continued following a failed coup attempt organized by a group of National Guard soldiers who tried to unseat Maduro. In a retaliatory crackdown, Venezuelan police have blocked Internet access.

And in an unprecedented move, the Trump administration announced that it would recognize Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela, Bloomberg reported. Canada joined the US in recognizing Guaido, though Mexico reaffirmed that it recognizes Maduro as the country’s legitimate leader.

It’s unclear where Maduro is, or what exactly is going on.

Does this mean:

i) a US-sponsored Venezuela coup and

ii) Venezuela oil production is about to soar

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