Venezuela's Guaido won't rule out authorizing US intervention

Aerial view of the Tienditas Bridge in the border between Cucuta Colombia and Tachira Venezuela after Venezuelan military forces blocked it with containers

CNN reported that Guaido "is begging the military to let the goods enter the country, but President Nicolas Maduro [is] having none of it, insisting 'we are not beggars, '" and refusing to accept the charity.

The words of US President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton that members of Venezuelan military might allow foreign humanitarian aid into the country overtly encourage treason, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza wrote in his Twitter post on Saturday.

Romania's president has officially recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president nearly a week after other European Union countries recognized him.

Guaido launched a bid to oust Maduro last month, declaring himself the interim president.

Under Maduro's stewardship, Venezuela's economy has collapsed leaving the country wracked by hyperinflation, recession and shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicine.

Scott noted Cuba had sent military troops to Venezuela to defend Maduro.

Trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Venezuela arrived in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Thursday even as Maduro refused them entry, blocking the Tienditas bridge amid an escalating political crisis.

He added that the Venezuelan military was degraded.

"Dear military personnel, this aid is also for you. here comes food for your children, here comes medicine for the people who are suffering", he said. "If it wasn't for the Cuban thugs that are there taking care of Maduro, Maduro would already be gone".

Trucks carrying US humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela arrived Thursday at the Colombian border, where opposition leaders vowed to bring them into their troubled nation despite objections from embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

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China, Iran, Russia and Turkey have put their weight behind Maduro.

Maduro has consistently denied that a humanitarian crisis is happening in the country, blaming food and medicine shortages on the U.S. sanctions, which have mostly targeted individuals and the state-owned oil company.

Venezuela's Foreign Ministry has denounced any global support for Guaido, suggesting that European governments were acting as part of a US-led effort to topple Maduro, who has showed no signs of relinquishing power. They squeeze us by the neck and then make us beg for crumbs'.

"Take all that humanitarian aid and give it to the people of Cucuta, where there is a lot of need", Maduro said.

"We're going to open a humanitarian corridor and the doors to freedom", he told journalists. "It tries to cover up what is the biggest crime committed, the crime of stealing resources through the blockade and the sanctions of the United States government on Venezuela". He argues Maduro was re-elected past year in a sham election.

But a USA military intervention in Venezuela could fracture support from Latin American counties that have been critical of past US interventions in the region and could bolster Maduro's image in Venezuela as a sympathetic and anti-imperialist leader.

On the other hand, Maduro said that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lied in recent statements about the presence of members of Hezbollah and in Venezuela, 'it is totally false, ' he said.

"You're deaf to the reality of a revolution with 20 years of democratic patrimony; you only follow the script written by the extreme right", he said.

President Maduro's continued rule seems to rest heavily on military support, but despite the United States confidence there is no sign that the military's position is about to shift decisively against him.

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