American President Donald Trump continues to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaydo as president of the country. This was announced by White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany on Monday, June 22.
“Nothing has changed. He continues to recognize Juan Guaydo as the leader of Venezuela,” she said at a briefing with journalists.
The day before Trump said he was ready to meet with the current president of the Bolivarian Republic, Nicolas Maduro, to discuss his “peaceful escape from power.
In May, the Venezuelan authorities reported that they managed to prevent the infiltration of a group of mercenaries from Colombia, who intended to carry out a coup d’état in Venezuela and kill Maduro. Among the detainees were two American citizens.
In turn, the U.S. president said that Washington had nothing to do with the incident, and that America would not hide the fact of the operation against this country if it was planned.
Venezuela has been in economic and political crisis for several years. In January 2019, amidst long protests, the opposition leader Juan Guaydo proclaimed himself head of state. He was recognized in particular by the USA, Canada, Brazil and Greece.
Several other states, including Russia, China and Mexico, supported Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.