Machado wrote in the letter that Guaido had failed to do his duties as an interim president and advised, “so long as you don’t cut the ties and links to corrupt people who have infiltrated [the opposition], you will not be able to try to assume the mandate granted to you in the four months you have left.”
Nowhere in her remarks did Machado call for an American invasion of Venezuela.
Abrams appeared on the Venezuelan news network NTN24 on Monday to mock Machado.
“We have an expression in the United States, ‘it’s a free country.’ Of course, Venezuela is not a free country, but Maria Corina is apparently free to say whatever she likes and I would not try to censor her remarks. But I am reminded of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the famous magical realism,” Abrams
told the broadcast. “Maria Corina, seems to me, is calling for a kind of magical plan B that is going to solve all the problems of Venezuela and who is going to do the solving? Foreigners who intervene.”
Abrams then suggested that Machado was saying, “I don’t want to do that work” of building an opposition coalition, suggesting she was lazy.
Abrams has famously supported U.S. military interventions around the world for decades.
Abrams’ remarks rejecting Machado’s opposition to negotiating with socialists ran counter to the longtime position of the Trump administration. President Donald Trump has imposed strict sanctions on the Maduro regime — including its top industry,
oil — a form of direct foreign intervention. In 2017, Trump said that he was open to sending troops to fight Maduro on Venezuelan soil.
“Venezuela is a mess; it is very dangerous mess, and a very sad situation,” Trump
said at the time. “We have many options for Venezuela; I’m not ruling out military options.”
“The United States is leading a 59-nation diplomatic coalition against the socialist dictator of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro,” Trump
said during his State of the Union address in January, which Guaido attended. “Maduro is an illegitimate ruler, a tyrant who brutalizes his people. But Maduro’s grip of tyranny will be smashed and broken.”
While Guaido was negotiating with Machado, another faction of the socialist “opposition” reportedly launched talks with the repressive regime of Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, one of Maduro’s most vocal
supporters internationally. Henrique Capriles Radonski, a two-time failed presidential candidate that Maduro ousted from the governorship of Miranda state, admitted that he had taken the liberty of conducting foreign policy behind Guaido’s back, despite not having any official government title. Capriles is a member of the center-left Justice First party. He reportedly engaged in talks with Turkey with National Assembly lawmaker Stalin Gonzalez of the Socialist International party A New Era.
“There is no negotiation between Turkey and the opposition in Venezuela. What there is is talking with all those who can bring us closer to a CREDIBLE solution,” Capriles wrote on Twitter. “Speaking to a member of the international community is normal when you believe in politics.”
affixed a photo of Erdogan with Trump to his remarks.
Neither side has revealed at press time what the Turks discussed with Capriles or what role they could play in helping the opposition.
published a terse statement through his administration asserting that Capriles’ actions “were taken with neither the knowledge nor the authorization of the interim government, the National Assembly, [or] our international allies.”
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