US met Venezuela coup plotters, New York Times reports
By DANIEL ZUIDIJK | Bloomberg News | Published: September 8, 2018
(Tribune News Service) — The U.S. met at least three meetings with Venezuelan military officers before deciding not to help them overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, the New York Times reported Saturday, citing unidentified U.S. officials and a former Venezuelan military commander.
No joint operation was ever proposed, the Venezuelan source said, according to the Times. When approached for comment by the New York Times, the White House said it was important to engage in “dialog with all Venezuelans who demonstrate a desire for democracy” to “bring positive change to a country that has suffered so much under Maduro.”
In July, a persona familiar with the matter said President Donald Trump was considering a number of options, including military action, to end to the long-running crisis in Venezuela. The Associated Press also reported in July that Trump had pressed aides on the possibility of invading Venezuela during a meeting in the Oval Office in August 2017.
Maduro in August escaped unharmed in an attack by explosive-laden drones that wounded officers and sent soldiers scurrying during a military parade in Caracas. The country’s security forces subsequently made a wave of arrests.
Bloomberg News reported after the incident that in April that a number of Venezuelan military dissidents plotted in neighboring Colombia to overthrow Maduro, and met there with a second group, mostly civilians, who wanted to assassinate him.
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