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Trump Officials Brief Venezuelan Opposition On ‘Next Steps’ Against Maduro In 2020

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MATIAS DELACROIX
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AP
The Venezuelan National Assembly President and self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido arrives for a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019.

Senior Trump administration officials discussed plans to “increase pressure” over the coming year on Venezuela’s embattled ruler, Nicolás Maduro, with top opposition leaders at the State Department this week, Colombian and Venezuelan opposition officials confirmed to McClatchy and el Nuevo Herald.

The State Department hosted four of Venezuela’s largest opposition parties, starting with one-on-one sessions that began earlier this week before all the parties gathered together on Wednesday.

One source said the administration plans to “pour more coal into the fire” with stronger, more complex sanctions that will further isolate Maduro from an axis of nations supporting him.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.