Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro says Donald Trump’s defeat was a ‘victory for Venezuela’ and has called on President Joe Biden to stop the ‘demonization and hatred’ towards his country.
‘Today, 20 January, Donald Trump left, left, left… We defeated him,’ Maduro wrote on Twitter. ‘This is a victory for Venezuela. He left alone… This is our triumph.
‘Now that Trump’s gone, he’s hoping to cozy up with Biden to mark a ‘new beginning’ between the nations.’We must tell the United States: We want to improve our relations, to make it one of respect, of mutual acknowledgment, a relationship with a future.
‘The relationship between Venezuela and the United States has been a rocky one for years, but things turned particularly sour when the Trump administration recognized opposition figure Juan Guaido over Maduro as Venezuela’s interim president in 2019.
The US which has repeatedly blasted Maduro for ‘oppressing’ Venezuelan people, also issued tough sanctions against the socialist government and imposed an oil embargo.
However, it doesn’t look like much will change between the US and Maduro, with Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, saying he backs Trump’s policy of supporting Guaido.
Maduro has called Guaido a ‘US puppet,’ and accused him of trying to orchestrate a coup in Venezuela so that the United States could seize control of the country’s natural resources.
While Guaido has been endorsed as president by the US and Colombia, several countries, including Russia and China, say they only recognize Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela