Trump Administration is just throwing money at Juan Guaido
It appears that the Trump Administration has changed tactics when it comes to regime change in Venezuela.
The Trump administration is more than tripling U.S. support for pro-democracy work in Venezuela and for the first time directly funding opposition leader Juan Guaidó as he attempts to set up a government to rival the socialist administration of Nicolás Maduro.
The $52 million in new aid was to be announced Tuesday by Mark Green, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, following a meeting in New York with Guaido’s envoy Carlos Vecchio, who the Trump administration recognizes as Venezuela’s ambassador in Washington.
Since "pro-democracy work in Venezuela" doesn't include the democratically elected government, I wonder what their definition of "democracy" is?
As for the $52 million, that is only a drop in the bucket.
Just the other day Guaido received another $98 million.
The US government has approved a $98 million grant of financial support to the regime of self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido, Guaido's self-proclaimed embassy in the United States said in a statement on Tuesday.
Those two gifts put together is nothing compared to what the U.S. taxpayers have given Guaido so far.
"The US global contribution to the Venezuelan cause amounts to $568 million. The newest resources are in support of human rights, civil society and independent media", the statement said.
More than half a billion dollars for this unelected "president", while the Trump Administration kicks people off of food stamps and Medicaid at home.
Well, at least it's going to a good cause. It's not like Guaido and his associates is wasting that money, amirite?
REEVES: Yes, they've been unearthed by the PanAm Post. It's a website based in Miami that offers news and commentary from the Americas. And it actually supports Guaidó. It's published a story about two named officials from Guaidó's party. This alleges that these two officials misappropriated funds and squandered many thousands of dollars on hotels, nightclubs, clothes and other luxuries. The story says that these two did this in Colombia, where they were in charge of managing some of the funds sent to support the hundreds of Venezuelan security forces who've abandoned Maduro and crossed over from Venezuela into the border city of Cucuta. The deserters started - I'm sure you remember because you were there, I think...
SHAPIRO: Yeah, I met with some of those deserters, yeah.
REEVES: Right. And they they started arriving in February. They've been living in hotels. There've been difficulties over who pays their bills. And one of the PanAm Post allegations is that one of these two officials was claiming back money from Guaidó's administration for hotels that were actually being paid for by the Colombian government or by the U.N. Refugee Agency.
Well, no one's perfect. At least Guaido is clean.
“The man on the photo is a Colombian citizen, also known as Menor. His accomplices from Los Rastrojos armed drug cartel tried to find him to kill but failed and murdered his parents and relatives, a total of four people. Investigators think that they tried to kill him to make him keep silent about Guaido’s links to Los Rastrojos,” the prosecutor general said at a press conference, broadcast on his Twitter page.
He also showed several photos of Guaido with one of the leaders of Los Rastrojos, who is thought to be responsible for kidnappings in the Venezuelan state of Tachira.
Mencionó también la existencia de nuevas pruebas que demuestran su complicidad pic.twitter.com/5TZ12LP1RZ
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