Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA is taking steps to remove at least two American executives from the board of directors of its U.S. refining subsidiary, Citgo Petroleum Corp, according to people close to the matter.
“We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom,” Donald Trump reiterated during his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, offering full support for the Venezuelan opposition and the leader of the National Assembly.
“What most suits Russia and China is the country’s stability and a change of government. Maduro does not protect Venezuela, he doesn’t protect anyone’s investments, and he is not a good deal for those countries.” – Juan Guaido said.
Juan Guaido, who has been recognized as Venezuela’s acting president by the United States, has called for snap presidential elections, arguing that Maduro fraudulently won a second term last year.
Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza insisted that Nicolas Maduro: “Europe, putting yourself at the tail of the United States? Not even the United States, but of the Donald Trump government? From where do you get the power to issue deadlines or ultimatums to a sovereign people?
Nicolas Maduro, who started a second term as president this week, has found himself increasingly isolated as countries around the world have called his continued leadership illegitimate.