US Threatens Venezuela With 'Crippling' Measures After Trump-Guaidó Meeting

By Tom Phillips and Julian Borger

"It erases all the doubts about his leadership," said AS/COA's Guillermo Zubillaga to The Guardian on Guaidó's meeting with President Donald Trump.

The United States has warned it was preparing “crippling” and “impactful measures” designed to force Nicolás Maduro from power as Donald Trump rolled out the red carpet for the Venezuelan leader’s challenger, Juan Guaidó.

Guaidó, who has spent the last year battling–so far unsuccessfully–to topple Maduro, arrived at the White House on Wednesday afternoon and was met by the US president...

Observers described Trump’s public blessing as a triumph for Guaidó, who defied a travel ban to leave Venezuela last month and is concluding a world tour which also included meetings with Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau.

“I think it’s huge for Guaidó,” said Guillermo Zubillaga, a Venezuela specialist at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas. “It erases all the doubts about his leadership…it unites people around him and it emboldens him. I don’t know how this trip could have been more successful.”...

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