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Donald Trump reaffirms U.S. support in call with Venezuela’s Guaido

Trump spoke with Guiado "to reinforce President Trump’s strong support for Venezuela's fight to regain its democracy," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Juan Guaidó, the Venezuelan opposition leader, makes a first public appearance since declaring himself president, in Caracas, Jan. 25, 2019. At least 500 people rallied peacefully in a square ringed by police officers, and there was no immediate indication that the Guaidó would be taken into custody, as many had feared. (Meridith Kohut/The New York Times)

US President Donald Trump and Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido agreed during a Wednesday phone call to maintain regular contact amid planned protests in coming days, according to a White House spokeswoman.

Trump spoke with Guiado “to reinforce President Trump’s strong support for Venezuela’s fight to regain its democracy,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. Washington has recognized Guaido, an opposition leader and head of Venezuela’s national assembly, as the president of the country.

In an interview with CNN that aired on Tuesday, Guaido said he had spoken with Trump a number of times. When asked about a possible military option in Venezuela, Guaido said all options were on the table, CNN said.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Moscow’s RIA news agency, Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolas Maduro accused Trump of ordering his assassination while his main global backer Russia called on Wednesday for mediation in a standoff deepening geopolitical splits.

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The fight to control Venezuela, which has the world’s largest oil reserves, has intensified with new U.S. sanctions and legal moves that may bring Guaido’s arrest.