Former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper revealed in a book that former President Donald Trump proposed on February 5, 2020, the possibility that the US military will “get rid” of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Trump made the offer to opposition leaders Juan Guaido, Julio Borges, Carlos Vecchio and Mauricio Claver-Carone, who met with the US President at the White House.
“What happens if the US army comes and gets rid of Maduro?” Trump raised, always according to Esper, who points out in his book Sacred Oath that “I think he put Guaidó to the test.”
Guaidó then replied that “of course, we will always welcome the help of the United States”, and stated that the Venezuelans who lived in Colombia “want to regain their country.” Esper then asked if the Venezuelans would be willing to “organise, train and fight” because “the US Army has experience in training foreign troops.” “Yes, it would be,” Guaidó replied, though Esper said it “didn’t sound very confident.”
Those present felt that a direct military intervention by the United States was preferable, as an invasion from Colombia “would be difficult”. “As I sarcastically told the president before the meeting, I’m sure the Venezuelan opposition will ‘fight to the last American’ if we offer it to them,” Esper said.
“However, Guaido and Claver-Carone led a special mercenary operation similar to the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, who was killed in an attack by former Colombian soldiers.
Trump despised Guaido because they went to ask that “soldiers from the United States invade their country while Maduro fought the invasion,” referring to what is known as Operation Gideon, Esper pointed out. “This is why Trump has always considered Guaidó to be ‘weak’, incapable of replacing President Maduro, whom he considered ‘strong’.
Guaidó, Borges, and Vecchio argued that “it would be easier and faster if the United States did it for us.” Esper again asked, “If the United States can train and equip some of these Venezuelans, would they be willing to fight?” He never had a clear answer: “I was told that it was very difficult and would take a long time,” Esper said.
The former secretary of defense reported on another meeting on June 9, 2020, with White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, who proposed an air or amphibious strike against the Jose Antonio Anzoategui oil refinery complex in order to paralyze the oil economy and, chaos and popular suffering, overthrow Maduro and install Juan Guaidó as head of government.
These plans eventually materialized in Operation Gideon, in which two former US Special Forces officers led nearly 60 Venezuelan dissidents who entered the country by boat with the intention of apprehending and overthrowing Maduro.
“The assassination of President Maduro was discussed at the White House in the presence of Guaidó, Borges and Vecchio. Part of the plan was Mauricio Claver-Carone. The plan is very similar to the assassination of the President of Haiti with the help of Colombian mercenaries. In Venezuela, this was not possible, ”said Samuel Moncada, Ambassador of Venezuela to the UN, on Twitter, commenting on excerpts from Esper’s book.
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