The Trump administration says it hopes an attempted military uprising in Venezuela will be “enough to tip” Nicolas Maduro out of power.
National Security Adviser John Bolton said that what is happening “is clearly not a coup” because the U.S. and many other countries already recognize Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela. He spoke with reporters at a press conference outside the White House on April 30.
Bolton said that President Trump is monitoring the situation “minute by minute” and wants a peaceful transfer of power.
Bolton defined Guaido taking to the streets in Venezuela to lead the uprising of Maduro an “act of bravery.”
On April 17, the White House issued a release stating, “President Trump is standing with the Venezuelan people and has imposed tough sanctions targeting the corrupt, former regime.”
The president was quoted in the release.
“When Venezuela is free, and Cuba is free, and Nicaragua is free, this will become the first free hemisphere in all of human history” – President Donald J. Trump
U.S. Directives for Venezuela
The president has issued multiple executive orders imposing sanctions to pressure the illegitimate former dictator Nicolas Maduro to accept a peaceful democratic transition.
As a result of these directives, the Trump administration has targeted “Maduro and his corrupt cronies” for undermining democracy in Venezuela and looting its resources.
The United States has designated over 150 individuals and entities connected to Venezuela for sanctions. Under the president’s directives, the U.S. Treasury cut off a significant stream of resources to the Maduro regime. These include the state oil company and the Central Bank of Venezuela.
In fact, President Trump was the first head of state to recognize Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. 50 nations have since joined him.
The Trump administration, organizations, business, and individuals have recognized the suffering of the people in Venezuela, and have since provided hundreds of tons of humanitarian aid to them. The president showed his ongoing support for Venezuela and encouragement in a tweet today.
I am monitoring the situation in Venezuela very closely. The United States stands with the People of Venezuela and their Freedom!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2019