U.S. President Donald Trump said he is not opposed to meeting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and was not enamored by the country’s opposition leader.
Over 50 countries – including the United States – recognized Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, but China and Russia backed the sitting President Maduro.
President Trump, according to reports, told news site Axios he would be open to a meeting.
“I would maybe think about that … Maduro would like to meet. And I’m never opposed to meetings – you know, rarely opposed to meetings,” the President said.
“I always say you lose very little with meetings. But at this moment, I’ve turned them down.”
Notwithstanding, his government’s pro support of the opposition leader, Axios, reported during the interview Trump “indicated he doesn’t have much confidence in Guaido.”
He said he was “firmly against what’s going on in Venezuela,” but – referring to the recognition of Guaido – added: “I was okay with it … I don’t think it was very meaningful one way or the other.”
According to excerpts published by Axios, Bolton wrote that Trump “thought Guaido was ‘weak’ as opposed to Maduro, who was ‘strong.'”
The excerpt also noted the President called Guaido “the Beto O’Rourke of Venezuela”, referring to the Democratic presidential candidate who dropped out early in the 2020 U.S. presidential race and was repeatedly mocked by Trump.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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