“Without a doubt, Donald Trump gave the order to kill me, told the Colombian government, the Colombian mafia, to kill me. If something happens to me, Donald Trump and Colombian President Ivan Duque will be responsible,” Maduro told RIA Novosti.
“I am always protected by the Venezuelan people, we have a good intelligence service,” he said.
Maduro and his government are currently being challenged by Juan Guaido, the US-backed leader of the country’s National Assembly. Guaido declared himself interim president last week, and has received open support from Washington and its Western allies.
and from Sputnik:
Earlier in the day, President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro claimed that Trump had ordered the Colombian government and mafia to kill him in order to get access to the Venezuelan oil.
“We are facing conspiracies and we are defeating them every day… a group of military deserters has become mercenaries of the Colombian oligarchy and conspired from Colombia to divide the national armed forces at my command”, Maduro said Wednesday.
Just a day before the statement, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself interim president of Venezuela, vowed to win over the military, which still remains loyal to Maduro.Guaido, the head of the disempowered National Assembly, declared himself interim president last week and was almost immediately recognised by the United States as Venezuela’s legitimate head. Other countries, including Russia, China, and Turkey, have pledged to back the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro.