CNN: US Officials Secretly Met With Venezuelan Military Officers Plotting a Coup Against Maduro

Pedro Sassone Charge d’Affaires of the Venezuelan embassy in Ecuador, addresses the press outside the embassy in Quito, on President Nicolas Maduro’s plan “Return to the homeland” through which 80 Venezuelan migrants who arrived in Ecuador, benefited from the program and are heading back to their country , on September 05, 2018. – Hundreds of thousands of people have fled an economic collapse in Venezuela that has resulted in food and medicine shortages as well as failing public services. (Photo by Cristina VEGA / AFP) (Photo credit should read CRISTINA VEGA/AFP/Getty Images)

US officials met secretly with Venezuelan military officers who were plotting a coup against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, both a current and a former US official confirmed to CNN.

American officials met with the renegade Venezuelan military officers several times over the last year after the Venezuelan officers made contact, but Washington ultimately decided against supporting the coup, the two sources said,

The US did not provide the Venezuelan officers with any support and the plans for the coup ultimately fell apart, the sources said.

The Trump administration’s discussions with the Venezuelan military officers about a potential coup were first reported Saturday morning by the New York Times. The current and former US officials confirmed to CNN that report is accurate.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

President Donald Trump has previously discussed the possibility of a military option in Venezuela.

 

By Jeremy Diamond, Elise Labott and Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN

This article was originally published by Journal Star 

 

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