The Trump regime is moving today on a major coup d'etat against Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro.
President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday faced the gravest challenge to his authority since assuming power in 2013, as the leader of the U.S.-backed opposition claimed the legitimate mantle of leadership, and President Trump and other world leaders promptly recognized him as Venezuela’s interim and rightful head of state.
A defiant Maduro responded by announcing a break in “diplomatic and political relations” with the United States, and ordering American diplomats to leave the country within 72 hours.
The high stakes move set up a potential diplomatic crisis as Washington weighed how to respond to a demand by a leader it nows sees as illegitimate. Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader now recognized by Washington as Venezuela’s true interim ruler, called on any diplomats expelled by Maduro to remain.
A senior Trump administration official told reporters that Washington is not rejecting any options, whether political, economic or even military.
“When we say all options are on the table, it means all options,” the official said.
Later, Trump was pointedly asked if military force was being considered.
“We’re not considering anything but all options on the table,” he said. “All options, always, all options are on the table.”
As the international campaign against him grew, Maduro, the anointed successor of socialist firebrand Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013, was confronting a new protagonist in the form of Guaidó. Before a cheering throng, the 35-year-old industrial engineer and recently named head of the country’s National Assembly, took the long-awaited step of declaring himself the nation’s “president in charge.”
“We will stay on the street until Venezuela is liberated!” Guaidó told the crowd in Caracas.
The dramatic developments came as anti-Maduro protests drew hundreds of thousands of people into Venezuelan streets in what the newly re-energized opposition called a sustained campaign to drive Maduro from office. After months of mounting U.S. sanctions against Venezuela, the move by the Trump administration to immediately shift recognition to Guaidó amounted to the strongest statement so far against what it called a “disastrous dictatorship.” Yet the U.S. failed to outline its next concrete steps, other than to say all economic, political and even military options are being considered.
So while our own government is broken, we're busy plotting possible military coups against Venezuela. Sure, that's normal.
Trump is going to torch the place before he's ever allowed to be investigated.