Venezuela’s Would-Be Government Has Top Diplomat in US

Charge d'affaires has lived in exile in US since 2014

Though the US has endorsed the government of Juan Guiado as the rightful rulers of Venezuela, there is little in the way of practical government. Rather, the US policy is mostly to no longer recognize President Maduro’s government.

With Venezuela’s embassy in the US more or less closed, the Guaido government is trying to step in and establish its own diplomatic relations. They already have a diplomat working on things, with Carlos Vecchio acting as a charge d’affaires for them.

Vecchio has lived in the US in exile since 2014, and in the past two weeks has been a regular around the D.C. area pushing Guiado’s agenda. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) says it has been valuable for Guaido to have a direct liaison within the US.

Vecchio is said to be popular across the Venezuelan opposition, and in that regard officials say he is well-suited for this position. That said, so long as this is a diplomat representing an opposition group, his ability to be a major diplomatic player will be limited to the administration’s decision to favor the opposition.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.