Venezue­lan Prez Maduro says Trump Ad­min wants him killed

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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.

—REUTERS

Ni­co­las Maduro

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