Trump Administration Held Secret Coup Talks With Rebel Venezuelan Officers
Sep 11, 2018, 02:48
In August 2017, media reports said Trump asked top advisors about the potential for a United States invasion of Venezuela.
The New York Times reported that the talks were the latest developments in the USA government's backchannel work in Latin America that could damage foreign relations - even though officials did not ultimately go through with the coup.
"The presidential assassination that was stopped was led by the United States".
Officials did not ultimately go through with the coup, but the meetings could damage the already-tense USA relations with Venezuela, according to The New York Times.
White House officials met with Venezuelan military officers to discuss overthrowing the troubled South American country's leader, according to a published report.
Venezuela's government announced it would hold a massive march Tuesday against U.S. meddling after reports that United States officials met secretly with Venezuelan military officers to discuss plans to oust President Nicolas Maduro.
Trump has suggested he was considering military intervention in Venezuela in the past, which boosted Maduro's position within the country by vilifying United States involvement and identifying Trump's motives as wanting to pursue Venezuela's once-rich oil reserves.
Maduro in August escaped unharmed in an attack by explosive-laden drones that wounded officers and sent soldiers scurrying during a military parade in Caracas.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton insisted there was "no US government involvement" in the incident.
The White House has not denied talks have taken place.
Around the same time, he said publicly that he would not rule out a "military option" to end the chaos there.
Aside from confirming what the Venezuelan government has repeatedly warned against, namely the active plotting against the Maduro government by "political opposition" and USA participation, Londoño and Casey also revealed that the US designated a career diplomat to attend the conversations, listen and report on them.
The Times article, based on interviews with US officials and a Venezuelan former military commander who is seeking to overthrow Maduro, gave an account of several meetings that took place starting last fall and continuing into this year.
The NY Times article claims that "in the fall of 2017, the diplomat reported that the Venezuelans didn't appear to have a detailed plan and had shown up at the encounter hoping the Americans would offer guidance or ideas".
U.S. -Venezuelan relations have been strained for years.
But senior officials declined the request, according to the newspaper.
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