As Trump Flails, Some Worry He'll Declare War Against Venezuela As A Distraction

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Concerns are growing that President Trump might involve the U.S. in Venezuela to counter his cratering support at home.

On Wednesday, Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president of Venezuela as opposition protests called for the resignation of Nicolás Maduro. According to News Republic, the situation in Venezuela has caused many foreign powers to get involved to some degree. For the opposition movement, the support of certain right-wing governments, such as Brazil and the United States, could assist in ousting Maduro.

However, as the situation becomes more contested and as disapproval for President Trump in the U.S. increases, especially after the longest ever government shutdown, some worry that Trump may get more involved in Venezuela as a means of increasing approval.

The Organization of American States found that Maduro is responsible for human rights abuses such as murders, tortue, and extra-judicial executions. Although the governments supporting the removal of Maduro later stated that they would not do it themselves, concern over diplomatic tensions still remain.