May 8, 2020
Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro claimed in a televised address Wednesday that he had proof linking President Donald Trump to a bizarre alleged “invasion” of Venezuela this weekend and that he would bring the United States to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the matter.
Maduro’s regime announced this week that it had thwarted an alleged invasion out of Colombia, claiming it to have been organized by American citizens in conjunction with the governments of Colombia and the United States, in addition to the legitimate government of Venezuela under President Juan Guaidó. Maduro has also taken two American citizens, identified as Airan Berry and Luke Denman, hostage.
The governments of the United States and Colombia have denied involvement. Guaidó also denied involvement, although one of his senior advisors, JJ Rendón, later admitted to having signed a contract with Silvercorp USA, the American private contracting firm allegedly involved in what Maduro has branded “Operation Gideon.”
On Wednesday, Maduro appeared on television flashing what he claimed was a copy of the contract and proof that President Donald Trump was directing the operation.
“Here is the contract. Here are the signatures. It is public now, known, and communicated,” Maduro said, waving a piece of paper around that is not legible on camera. “The contract for the invasion of Venezuela, a grave crime in any nation. I await action on behalf of the power that guarantees justice in Venezuela.”
This article was posted: Friday, May 8, 2020 at 3:18 am