Trump Advances Venezuela Regime Change Abroad

Forces UN to accept opposition figures for posts

While getting Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in power has been slow going for the Trump Administration, the determination to try to get the rest of the world to accept the change as already made seems to be continuing.

This has meant Venezuela’s opposition seizing diplomatic buildings in the United States from the de facto government, and replacing the personnel with pro-Guaido diplomats. At the UN, it has meant accepting a Guaido-appointed envoy to serve as Venezuela’s rotating president of the Conference on Disarmament.

There is also a push for Guaido to replace the boards of directors for state-owned companies that are based abroad. The US initially pushed this for US-based Citgo, a major money-maker, and now is helping with the takeover of Colombia-based Pequiven.

Actually forcing Maduro out of office is another matter, and President Trump is taking up further sanctions being imposed toward that goal, saying that the “toughest of sanctions” haven’t been used yet.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.