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Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro discussed on Wednesday the warm reception the actual president of his country, Juan Guaidó, received at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday, decrying Trump as “interventionist” and “immoral.”
Maduro, who maintains control of the country through the military but has not legally been president since January 2018, denounced Trump’s move to invite the president to his address as “illegal,” following up on a statement from his foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, that described the address as a “circus spectacle.”
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Speaking on Wednesday evening, Maduro also claimed that he had tried to “extend his hand” to Trump at the beginning of the latter’s presidency, but that he had allowed those around him aware of the destitution that Maduro’s Bolivarian socialist had caused in what was once the wealthiest nation in the region to “take [him] to failure.”
“Donald Trump, you will not be able to handle Venezuela,” Maduro declared. “No one can crush or break Venezuela. Venezuela has a right to peace, to development towards the future, to its work, to its recovery.”
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Maduro then reiterated the false claim that Guaidó had somehow been installed in the presidency by the United States. In reality, the Venezuelan constitution grants the National Assembly, the federal legislature, the right to appoint an interim president in the event of a “rupture in the democratic order,” commonly defined as a situation where an incumbent president refuses to leave power after his or her term ends. Maduro refused to leave in January 2019 after his term ended, so the Assembly appointed Guaidó, then the Assembly president, the president of the country.
Maduro claims legitimacy based on an election in May 2018 in which he banned all non-Marxist candidates from running and intimidated voters into choosing between voting for someone else and, often, their food or livelihoods.
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