Venezuelan Prez Maduro says Trump Admin wants him killed
Caracas: Socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the Trump administration on Thursday of seeking to assassinate him, as relations strain between the ideologically opposed nations.
Asked about Maduro’s comments, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council said: “US policy preference for a peaceful, orderly return to democracy in Venezuela remains unchanged.”
Venezuela’s opposition says Maduro lobs ludicrous accusations at enemies to deflect from his own incompetence.
Almost two million Venezuelans have fled the ailing oil-rich nation since 2015, driven out by brutal food and medicine shortages, hyperin- flation, and violent crime.
Washington has imposed sanctions on Venezuela, denouncing Maduro as a dictator who has quashed human rights and triggered an economic meltdown.
The White House accused Maduro’s government on Wednesday ofinvolvement in the death of a jailed Venezuelan politician whom authorities say killed himself but whom opposition parties say was murdered.
Maduro said in a televised broadcast on Thursday night the US had asked the government in neighboring Colombia to kill him.