On Wednesday, President Donald Trump demanded that Russian troops remove themselves from Venezuela.
“Russia has to get out,” the president told reporters in the Oval Office. He met with Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.
Trump added that “all options are open” to get Russia out of Venezuela.
Two Russian Air Force planes landed outside Caracas on Saturday, carrying nearly 100 Russian troops.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence again praised Guaido, saying that socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s re-election was illegitimate.
“The United States views Russia’s arrival of military planes this weekend as an unwelcome provocation,” Pence said. “We call on Russia today to cease all support of the Maduro regime and stand with Juan Guaido and stand with nations across this hemisphere and across the world until freedom is restored.”
Pence and Trump have boldly proclaimed that America will never become a socialist country, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) received Maduro’s endorsement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
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