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Maduro: White House Tried to Assassinate Me

"I have no doubt," the Venezuelan president says
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2018 5:32 PM CST
President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

(Newser) – The Trump administration was directly involved in an attempt to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro—at least, that’s what Maduro claims (and not for the first time), the Guardian reports. "I have no doubt that the White House authorized the drone against Nicolás Maduro," he said, speaking in the third person during a Wednesday press conference, according to the Miami Herald, which notes that officials in the US often speak of the need for peaceful regime change in the South American country, "even as the threat of military intervention hangs in the air." The embattled Maduro says US National Security Adviser John Bolton is behind a range of plots to destabilize Venezuela. These include the aforementioned botched drone attack against Maduro in August and conspiring with "ultra-right locos" in Brazil to invade Venezuela. (Read more Nicolas Maduro stories.)

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