Nicolas Maduro has told Euronews that an attempt to overthow his government is “over” as he attacked the European Union for “blindly” following the politics of Donald Trump in backing his opponents.
Maduro said that National Assembly leader Juan Guiado, recognised as interim president by the US and most European Union nations, had been hoping to bring about a military coup but had failed to secure the army’s support.
“It was madness… they wanted a military coup. But they failed. They were playing that card. But it’s over,” he told Anelise Borges in an interview at the presidential palace in Caracas.
Even as Maduro was speaking, his rival was addressing tens of thousands of supporters in another part of the capital, urging the military to defy orders and allow through an aid shipment from the US which has been blocked on the border.
Maduro has been locked in an ouvert confrontation against the opposition for the past two weeks since the National Assembly declared his latest election victory as invalid and proclaimed Guaido as a caretaker leader until new elections can take place.
“And [they] didn’t listen to us who have a voice of true power. I believe Europe has been blindly associating itself with Donald Trump’s bad politics”.
The two leaders are currently facing off over the issue of a shipment of aid sent from the US. Maduro insists that his country does not require foreign assistance but the opposition point to empty supermarket shelves, medicine shortages and rampant inflation that they say is crippling the population.
The UN has warned that if current rates of emigration continue, 1 in 6 Venezuelans will have left the country by the end of the year.