When President Juan Guaidó led his people onto Venezuelan roads on Tuesday, he urged the world to support his legitimate struggle. The US responded to this call – with a few tweets.
In statements dismissed by the lawsuit, the government officials of the Trump administration on Tuesday showed their sympathy for Obama's foreign policy of words and absence. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that the US "fully supports the Venezuelan people in their quest for freedom and democracy, democracy can not be defeated". Vice President Mike Pence said, "We're with you!" National Security Advisor John Bolton was rightly more prudent.
It is clear that President Trump exaggerated his commitment to Guaidó. Trump deserves credit for his efforts in 201
Maduro knows it. With the growing support of Russia, the continued support of Cuba and China, the crazy despot turns the screws of Guaidó's base. The Venezuelan military, or at least the vast majority of its armies of armies, also feel Trump's hesitations. This makes them much more violent for what we see on the street today, violently against peaceful demonstrators demanding freedom. The corrupt generals and brigade commanders see the weakness of the US and feel that they face continued wealth rather than imprisonment or capital punishment.
If the Trump government does not give up on Ben Rhodes's foreign policy textbook, I believe it will not be until then Venezuela is suffering from its cholera epidemic that real change is occurring. But then it will change on a heap of bodies.
Without the use of military force to overthrow Maduro, Trump must escalate this fight. As a first step, he should warn Maduro that any attack or damage from Guaidó will lead to a US military action.