Over the past year, US officials say, the Trump Administration has held a series of secret meetings with rebellious Venezuelan military officers. The talks centered on various plots to carry out a coup d’etat in Venezuela.
The White House declined to discuss the talks directly, only saying they were talking with anyone who could “bring positive change” to Venezuela, and “who demonstrate a desire for democracy.”
Officials say the White House ultimately declined to back the coup plotters, and the coup never took place. The repeated meetings, however, showed a serious US interest in the idea, and openness to toppling the Venezuelan government.
This led to severe criticism from the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, who slammed the US for providing any planning and support for military conspirators.
This evidence potentially does major harm to any rebellion, and to its ability to credibility sell itself to the rest of the region, as the government can now portray them, somewhat credibly, as part of an American plot. Given President Trump’s open talk of a “military option” in Venezuela, this would be credible to many.