Trump Denies Role in Failed Venezuela Incursion

Captured US soldier says he launched the invasion

On Tuesday, President Trump denied any US involvement in a failed mercenary incursion into Venezuela, saying he’d “just heard about it” and that it “has nothing to do with our government.”

Venezuela’s President Maduro reported the incident Monday, saying 13 were arrested in the failed raid, including two Americans, identified as Airan Berry and Luke Denman. Maduro directly accused the Trump Administration, which is trying to impose regime change, of being behind the plot.

Former US Green Beret Jordan Goudreau, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, claims that he organized the plot. Goudreau reportedly helped train the insurgents, former Venezuelan soldiers who were living in Colombia.

In a video, Goudreau said that operation is not over, and that forces continue to fight with the goal of removing Maduro from power. He said units are active in south, west, and east of Venezuela.

Venezuela’s Interior Minister reported an ongoing, permanent state of alert in the face of further potential incursions. There have been no subsequent reports of any attacks.

The US has been trying to impose regime change in Venezuela since early 2019, pushing opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate ruler. Guaido denied any involvement in the Monday incursion, though Goudreau showed a services contract signed by Guaido related to the plot.

Goudreau founded a private security company called Silvercorp USA in 2018, and began focusing on Venezuela almost entirely in 2019. There is nothing directly linking Goudreau to the administration, but US officials have vowed to impose regime change either peacefully or by force, and this is certainly looking like a covert effort at a “by force” option.

Author: Jason Ditz

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