- Title: Venezuela's Maduro says Trump merits 'a thousand impeachments'
- Date: 30th September 2019
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (SEPTEMBER 30, 2019) (REUTERS) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO AT START OF NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT, NICOLAS MADURO, SAYING: "The stratagems of clashes, of extortion that Donald Trump uses against the people and governments of the world against Venezuela, we know them well and a thousand impeachments would have to made against Donald Trump for the thousand calls and the thousand acts of extortion he has made against governments of the world to attack Venezuela. That is the truth, let the truth be written for history.'' MADURO DURING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT, NICOLAS MADURO, SAYING: "I have instructed to resume the contact and negotiation processes of all debts that exist, of all bonds, the difficulties that have been explained to holders and bondholders. The difficulties we've had are called 'Donald Trump' and his sanctions and his impediment so that Venezuela can make transactions in any bank around the world.'' CAMERA OPERATORS AT NEWS CONFERENCE CABINET MEMBERS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT, NICOLAS MADURO, SAYING: "And Peru's President Martin Vizcarra is an accomplice of the neo-Nazi sectors that promote xenophobia, contempt and violence against the Venezuelan people living in Peru. He is an accomplice and so I say, Martin Vizcarra, you are an accomplice of the xenophobic, neo-Nazi march that took place in Lima and of the actions of violence against Venezuelan and Venezuelan citizens who live and work with dignity in Peru." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS VARIOUS OF MADURO LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE OPPOSITION LEADER JUAN GUAIDO WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE GUAIDO STANDING AT PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) OPPOSITION LEADER, JUAN GUAIDO, SAYING: "The regime has certainly mortgaged interests of the country so we are making all the mechanisms available to protect our assets that ultimately comes down to that, to the payment of the 2020 bonus." VARIOUS OF GUAIDO LISTENING TO QUESTIONS AT NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 14th October 2019 22:04
- Keywords: Trump impeachment trials
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA / UNITED NATIONS / BOGOTA, COLOMBIA / UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA / UNITED NATIONS / BOGOTA, COLOMBIA / UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AYUPPON
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- Story Text: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, under fire all year to quit from the United States and its allies, exulted on Monday (September 30) in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, though he did not expect the White House to let up against him.
Trump is under fire over his request to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for an investigation into Joe Biden, a leading Democratic candidate to challenge him in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
The leftist Venezuelan leader accused Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of bombarding foreign leaders and officials with calls threatening to withdraw aid and block loans as part of their campaign to topple him, saying Trump "should have a thousand impeachments against him" for such calls.
Washington recognises Congress head and opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim leader, but Maduro retains power due to the loyalty of the armed forces and international support from China and Russia.
Opposition leader Guaido welcomed the new EU travel bans and asset freezes on another seven Venezuelan officials, saying it demonstrated the global pressure on Maduro.
Colombia on Monday publicly defended a dossier it says proves Maduro supports guerrilla groups and drug traffickers, but removed the armed forces' head of intelligence after widespread criticism of the report.
Colombia has long accused Maduro of sheltering rebel fighters and crime gang members. The allegations reached a fever pitch last month when several former commanders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) said they were re-arming in video Colombian officials say was filmed in Venezuela.
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