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In an exclusive interview aired during Monday’s edition of World News Tonight, ABC correspondent Tom Llamas sat down with Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro in his presidential palace. At no point during the shared moments of Maduro’s incessant anti-U.S. bashing did Llamas push back or grill him on what he was saying. Instead, ABC eagerly spread Maduro’s anti-U.S./Trump sentiment without fact-checks or contradictions. Llamas even seemed to suggest that President Trump was the problem.
“Tonight, in a rare interview inside of his presidential palace, Nicolas Maduro telling ABC News he believes the U.S. is preparing a military invasion to get him out,” Llamas declared after brushing over Maduro’s regime setting aid trucks on fire.
Report - Maduro - Statements - Fact-check - Contraction
Throughout the report, Maduro made numerous false and conspiratorial statements without an apparent fact-check or contraction from Llamas, even during his voice-over narrations recorded after the fact:
NICOLAS MADURO (via translator): The United States wants Venezuela’s oil and they're having to go to war for that oil.
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LLAMAS: And today, Vice President Mike Pence in Colombia to meet with Venezuela's interim president, Juan Guaido, and other South American leaders opposed to Maduro.
MADURO: Everything that the United States government has done has been condemned. They're trying to fabricate a crisis to justify political escalation and a military intervention in Venezuela to bring a war to South America.
LLAMAS - Maduro - Guaido - Puppet - United
LLAMAS: But Maduro refusing to budge. He says Guaido is a puppet of the United States and that his country will not beg for the U.S. help.
MADURO: Our movement came from the depths of the Venezuelan people. We've been governing democratically for 20 years. Everything that we are, everything that we have, we have because of the popular vote.
First - Llamas - Maduro - Claims - US
First off, Llamas failed to rebuke Maduro’s claims that the U.S. wanted to invade Venezuela for its oil. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, “The United States...
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