Venezuela military chopper crash kills seven officers

Venezuela military chopper crash kills seven officers

Kerry Wise
May 6, 2019

Maduro, meanwhile, appeared at a military exercise on Saturday with Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, who top United States officials had said was in on the attempted uprising but backed out.

The group has been working to support Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, the democratically elected leader of the opposition in Venezuela's National Assembly, who declared himself interim president of the country earlier this year.

Washington has imposed economic sanctions on Venezuela's oil industry and individuals linked to Maduro, who alleges he is the target of a USA -engineered coup plot in which Guaido is a key collaborator.

The armed forces say the chopper that crashed was heading to San Carlos in Cojedes state, near a military base where Maduro addressed cadets on Saturday.

Despite repeatedly alluding to such an intervention, Washington has so far limited its actions to ramping up sanctions against key figures in the Maduro regime, as well as state oil company PDVSA.

Guaido has called on his supporters to march to military barracks and bases on Saturday in a bid to persuade the army to change sides.

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Administration officials, however, said the focus was on discussing various military options for a United States invasion of Venezuela.

The effort triggered two days of clashes between opposition supporters and government forces that left four people dead and hundreds injured.

Karl asked Pompeo if Maduro would still be in power if he did not have the support of the Cuban and Russian governments.

Pence said Venezuela's struggles were a direct result of Maduro's socialist dictatorship, and he re-affirmed that the Trump Administration won't sit back and watch the Venezuelan people remain under oppression. Despite President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreeing that they "feel the same way" on Venezuela following a phone call on Friday, talk of military action has not abated.

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