Maduro claims US wants him killed
CARACAS: Venezuelan socialist President Nicolas Maduro yesterday accused the Trump Administration of seeking to assassinate him, as relations strain between the ideologically opposed nations.
Venezuela’s opposition says Maduro lobs ludicrous accusations at enemies to deflect from his own incompetence.
Almost 2 million Venezuelans have fled the country since 2015, driven out by brutal food and medicine shortages, hyperinflation, and violent crime. Wash ington has imposed sanctions on Venezuela, denouncing Maduro as a dictator who has quashed human rights and triggered an economic meltdown.
In a televised broadcast yesterday, Maduro said the US had asked the Government in neighbouring Colombia to kill him.
‘‘They have given the order from the White House that Maduro be killed.’’
Maduro did not give an explanation for his accusations or provide any evidence. — Reuters