U.S. Throws Support Behind Coup Attempt In Venezuela
For months, two men have claimed Venezuela’s presidency. In January, National Assembly and opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself acting president over existing president Nicolás Maduro. Now, Guaidó is urging Venezuelans to take to the streets to oust Maduro. Guaidó claims the military has deserted Maduro. Maduro’s camp asserts they still have military backing. The Trump administration voiced support for Guaidó’s coup attempt. We will get an update from David Smilde, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) who curates WOLA’s Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights blog. Smilde is also a professor of sociology at Tulane University and co-authored the edited the volume Venezuela's Bolivarian Democracy: Participation, Politics and Culture Under Chávez.