The Trump Administration is being blamed for the latest events in Venezuela. Relations were already dicey between the US and Venezuela before the Trump Administration indicted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro for narcoterrorism back in late March. Now things are really heating up.
Abcword The Venezuela government release footage showing several men detained after what socialist president Maduro called an attempted overthrow by "mercenaries" with two former U.S. soldiers allegedly among them; president Trump said the incident has nothing to do with them pic.twitter.com/eh2h7etyHk
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Maduro claims that more than 100 “terrorist mercenaries” were captured after a poor attempt to capture or kill him in Caracas. Among these “terrorists” were two United States citizens, identified as Luke Denman, and Airan Berry, both former Green Berets. A third Green Beret, Jordan Goudreau, says he oversaw the botched operation from Colombia.
The United States, along with over 100 other countries, do not recognize Maduro as a legitimate leader in Venezuela, instead throwing their support behind his opposition.
Daniel Hoffman, former CIA Station Chief, stated that this is going to be a tough diplomatic situation for the US, given there are two former Green Berets and five Citgo employees who are also illegally detained. Hoffman believes that Maduro is going to use the former Special Forces men as propaganda against Trump and his administration. Hoffman also believes that Denman and Berry will be used as leverage in any kind of discussion or negotiations. President Trump denies the American government having anything to do with the claims of Nicolás Maduro.