Following the report of Russian planes entering the country, the United States president Donald Trump said that Russia has to get out of Venezuela.
When asked whether Russia’s involvement complicates the situation in Venezuela.
“Russia has to get out. What’s your next question?” Trump said.
Trump was also asked whether he has communicated that Russia should leave of Venezuela through national security adviser John Bolton or through the United Nations.
“They know very well,” Trump said.
If Russia doesn’t leave Venezuela, Trump said: “We’ll see. We’ll see. All options are open … all options are open.”
Trump’s stance against Russia’s involvement in Venezuela comes against the backdrop of his repeated defense of Russia in other settings — including believing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claims that his government did not interfere with the 2016 US election and sticking up for Russia among world leaders at the last G7 summit.
Earlier Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence also addressed Saturday’s arrival of the Russian planes.
“The United States views Russia’s arrival of military planes this weekend as an unwelcome provocation and we call on Russia today to cease all support for the (Nicolas) Maduro regime, and stand with Guaido, stand with nations across this hemisphere and around the world until freedom is restored,” Pence said.
While the Trump administration made a bold declaration by recognizing Guaido as the acting leader of Venezuela, Russia has continued to back embattled Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.