Venezuela opposition leader attends State of the Union

Elias Hubbard
February 5, 2020

Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido will meet with Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday (Feb 5), a further signal of renewed support from the USA president for his bid to depose the country's authoritarian president, Nicolas Maduro. Maduro is an illegitimate ruler, a tyrant who brutalizes his people.

Maduro has described American support for Guaido as a failure, calling for direct dialogue with the United States in an interview with the Washington Post last month, suggesting that there could be certain economic benefits for United States oil companies if Trump were to lift the sanctions against Venezuela.

"Here this evening, is a very fearless man, who carries with him the hopes, dreams and aspirations of all Venezuelans", Trump said before naming Guaidó.

Venezuela has been a top priority in Latin America for the Trump administration, which a year ago was the first among 60 governments to throw its weight behind Guaido after he launched a campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Trump's forceful words come after a period of relative reticence on Venezuela that triggered commentary on whether he was putting the crisis on the backburner.

His invitation to the annual event was reportedly seen as a political boost as Guaido attempts to rally worldwide support against embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The leftist leader also enjoys support from Russia, China and Cuba.

Guaido's attendance at the speech was not included on the president's guest list but was likely expected to be a surprise. Guaido received a standing ovation from U.S. Congress members of both the Democratic and Republican parties. More than 50 countries, including the US, now recognize Guaido as the South American country's rightful leader.

"Socialism destroys nations. But always remember, freedom unifies the soul", Trump said.

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