U.S.'s Bolton Urges Venezuelan Military Support After Guaido Seeks Backing

Trump is monitoring the situation in Venezuela, where opposition leader Juan Guaido on Tuesday called for a military uprising to back his plan to oust President Nicolas Maduro

File photo: U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton attends a meeting with President Donald Trump and senior military leadership at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, December 26, 2018.
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U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday appeared to back Juan Guaido's call for support after the Venezuelan opposition leader urged Venezuelans and the military to back his effort to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

"The FANB must protect the Constitution and the Venezuelan people. It should stand by the National Assembly and the legitimate institutions against the usurpation of democracy. The United States stands with the people of Venezuela," Bolton tweeted, referring to the FANB armed forces.

U.S. military's southern command says monitoring events in Venezuela and says there is no change to its mission "at the present time"

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U.S. President Donald Trump is monitoring the situation in Venezuela, where opposition leader Juan Guaido on Tuesday called for a military uprising to back his plan to oust President Nicolas Maduro, the White House said. 

"The president has been briefed and we are monitoring the ongoing situation," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in an email.

Brazil's Foreign Relations Minister Ernesto Araujo said on Tuesday that his country supports a democratic transition in Venezuela, where opposition leader Juan Guaido hours before said he had begun the "final phase" of his plan to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

Araujo said in a press conference in Brasilia that the Brazilian government expects Venezuela's military to get behind Guaido on Tuesday and push Maduro out of power.