UPDATED 8:27 AM PT — Fri. Oct. 12, 2018
“I just want to see Venezuela straightened out, I want the people to be safe. We’re gonna take care of Venezuela.” — President Donald Trump
Tensions continue to rise between the U.S. and Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro claimed the Trump administration is out for blood. Maduro took to the podium Thursday to claim, without evidence, that President Trump and the White House have ordered his death.
“From the United States, they have decided to kill me — they have given the order from the White House that Maduro be killed,” he proclaimed. “They will not even touch a single hair of mine, because God and the people of Venezuela protect me.”
The president also claimed the administration is seeking help from officials within the Colombian capital of Bogota.
“The task has been given to oligarchs in Bogota, to the Bogota government — I denounce this to the world,” said Maduro.
The dictator’s comments come after Press Secretary Sarah Sanders condemned the regime Wednesday, following the death of councilman Fernando Alban who died while under government custody.
Venezuelan officials have claimed Alban committed suicide after being accused of being involved in the alleged August fourth assassination attempt against Maduro.
Sanders also called for the release of the country’s political prisoners. and said the administration will continue to increase pressure on the regime.