WFB: National Security Adviser John Bolton said Monday that some generals in the Venezuelan military have made contact with supporters of Venezuela’s National Assembly, whose leader, Juan Guaidó, named himself interim president in opposition to socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro.
“Our assessment based on numerous contacts on the ground is that the rank and file of the Venezuelan military is acutely aware of the desperate economic conditions in the country,” Bolton told reporters at a White House press briefing. “We think they look for ways to support the National Assembly government. We think the junior officer ranks and the mid-level officer ranks are the same.”
“We’re also aware of significant contacts between general officers of the Venezuelan military and supporters of the National Assembly,” Bolton added. “So you may have seen a statement last week by the defense minister, Vladimir Padrino, flanked by a number of generals in uniform. What they didn’t know was how many of them were already talking to the National Assembly.”
Bolton and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced new sanctions against Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA. The company’s subsidiary, Citgo, which is based in the United States, is allowed to continue operations, but its earnings must be placed in a blocked account. more here