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US slams attacks on Venezuela's Guaido as wife meets Trump

29 March 2019

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to "get out" of Venezuela following recent reports of Russian planes arriving in the country. "All options are open".

The Venezuelan government said opposition leader Juan Guaido would be barred from public office for 15 years on Thursday, as it seeks to crack down on the US-backed rival to President Nicolas Maduro. In January, he invoked the constitution to assume the country's interim presidency, arguing Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate.

"Russia has to get out", the president told reporters in the Oval Office.

Russian Federation has also vocally opposed moves from the U.S. to impose sanctions on the government of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

"I fear for my husband's life", she said.

"The crisis is serious", she told Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Guaido had ultimately failed to explain the origins of funds he spent on travelling overseas since joining the National Assembly, according to Amoroso. Some countries such as the United States and Germany recognize Guaido's claim, while others such as Russian Federation and China back Maduro.

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Guaido, the head of the opposition-dominated National Assembly who's recognized by the USA some 50 other nations as Venezuela's rightful leader, responded shortly thereafter at a rally in Caracas.

Two Russian air force planes landed in Venezuela on Saturday, carrying almost 100 troops and 35 tons of equipment and supplies, according to media reports.

Trump was also asked whether he has communicated that Russian Federation should leave of Venezuela through national security adviser John Bolton or through the United Nations.

They met with his wife, Ms. Rosales, at the White House.

Rosales is also slated to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and members of the Venezuelan diaspora at a prominent Washington think tank.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States was still assessing the Russian deployment, which Washington has called a "reckless escalation" of the situation in Venezuela.

It comes after a controversial general election campaign mired in allegations of corruption and fraud saw Maduro declare victory despite foreign powers, including President Donald Trump, recognising Guaido as the legitimate leader.

US slams attacks on Venezuela's Guaido as wife meets Trump