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It was announced on June 4th that Nicolas Maduro will be Venezuela’s President until May 20th of 2020. He has been at the helm of the Venezuelan crisis for eight years and his party, the Socialist party, has been in power since 1999. This is all due to an election called in 2015.
On May 16th, Maduro won re-election. The opposition boycotted the election which was called by the National Electoral Council and headed by Admiral Natacha Pérez Orejuela, who is also the head of the Armed Forces.
Nicolas Maduro and his government could soon have their shoes shined by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his team. Despite the fact that President Trump has not received Congressional approval for military intervention in Venezuela, Trump has repeatedly said that the U.S. will do everything in its power to isolate Maduro’s government and all the trouble that comes with it.
Valence said that the U.S. is going to have to deal with Maduro in a different way than it did with Iran and is going to be prepared for whatever the situation with Venezuela holds.