Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido urged his fellow countrymen to support efforts to secure the entry of humanitarian aid while speaking at a rally in Caracas on Saturday. "They still dare to deny the existence of the country's humanitarian crisis. They dare to deny the humanitarian crisis Venezuelans are living through," Guaido said, referring to the government of the country. The leader of the National Assembly has encouraged volunteers to travel to the frontier with Colombia as he piles pressure on the government. Guaido's call came as a US military transport plane carrying humanitarian aid, including food and medicine supplies, landed in the Colombian border town of Cucuta. It's still unclear how the aid will be distributed, with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordering the military to block border crossings.
While the Trump administration sends humanitarian aid to Venezuela and ratchets up its rhetoric against Nicolas Maduro's regime, a growing group of Venezuelans who've fled to the United States are finding themselves in legal limbo and calling on Congress for help.
As the US continues to work to bolster the administration of self-declared interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaido -- including using US military aircraft to deliver humanitarian aid -- a senior administration official says the US would be willing to meet with Nicolas Maduro to negotiate his exit.
Twenty-five countries have pledged USD 100 million in aid to Venezuela, a top US official said Thursday, as the crisis-hit country's Supreme Court took aim at oil executives appointed by the opposition. Venezuela is plagued by hyperinflation and major shortages of basic goods, and two men -- opposition leader Juan Guaido and President Nicolas Maduro -- are vying for control of the country. The United States is among more than 50 countries that have recognised Guaido as interim president, but Maduro -- backed by the country's military as well as Russia, China and dozens of other states -- has so far refused to relinquish his office. US national security advisor John Bolton made the announcement on the aid pledged to Venezuela following an Organisation of American States conference on assisting the country. "Today, 25 countries, united at the OAS-hosted Conference on Humanitarian Assistance in Support of Venezuela pledged $100 million in humanitarian assistance," Bolton ...