Venezuela’s legitimate interim president Juan Guaido is considering the possibility of requesting US military intervention in the fight against Maduro. Further, National Security Advisor John Bolton stated on April 30th, 2019 that “All Options are on the Table.”
Previously, Venezuela’s illegitimate leader Maduro has claimed that the US is instituting a coup. In response, John Bolton, the National Security Advisor said that “this is clearly not a coup, we recognize Juan Guaido as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela.”
On May 6th, 2019, after Guaido’s call for a military uprising failed to oust the disputed leader Nicolas Maduro from power, the legitimate interim president may request US military assistance.
Speaking to the BBC, the U.S.-recognized president of Venezuela Juan Guaido said he would “evaluate all options” to force out Maduro, adding it was “responsible to evaluate” the possibility of international intervention. “I, as the president in charge of the national parliament, will evaluate all options if necessary,” Guaido, 35, said.
Last week, Guaido attempted to spark a military uprising and force Maduro out of office. The call led to a full day of in-fighting on the streets of Caracas which saw five people lose their lives. During the clash, Maduro’s forces used armored vehicles to plow into crowds.
“I think the only one that really hurts himself is Maduro,” Guaido told the BBC when asked if these failed attempts to oust Maduro weaken his cause. “He has been losing again and again. He is increasingly weaker, increasingly along, [and] has no international support.”
He added: “On the contrary, we are more accepted, have more support and more options in the future.”
Guaido has the support of fifty nations, one of which is the United States; however, Maduro has the support of China, Russia, and Iran. Further, should the US militarily intervene at the request of the interim president, the crisis could unfold into a larger scale multi-nation escalation.
Bolton, during a press conference, said that the United States President is monitoring the situation very closely, minute by minute. “We have a comprehensive set of options tailored to certain conditions, and I’m just going to leave it at that,” Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said. When asked if whether the options include direct military intervention, Shanahan said, “I’ll leave that to your imagination. All options are on the Table.”