AP Interview: Venezuela’s Guaidó extols Trump alliance

AP Interview: Venezuela’s Guaidó extols Trump alliance

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition leader Juan Guaidó said Friday that he trusts U.S. President Donald Trump’s “firm and determined” backing following a White House meeting aimed at helping him steer crisis-stricken Venezuela toward a democratic transition.

The Venezuelan politician bent on ousting President Nicolás Maduro with backing from roughly 60 foreign nations told The Associated Press that additional tough U.S. sanctions will soon follow, including those cutting off Maduro’s sale of “blood-stained gold.”

“For me he is very trustworthy,” Guaidó said of Trump. “We had a very good meeting. I think he is a man of his word.”

He spoke to AP in his first face-to-face interview since returning from a tour that took him across Europe and into an Oval Office meeting a year into his campaign to oust Maduro.

Guaidó, leader of Venezuela’s opposition-dominated congress, said he will lead a street march in the coming weeks that comes amid a turf battle to retake the legislative meeting hall in Venezuela’s capital that Maduro loyalists have forcefully blocked.

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