Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro (File Photo)
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro (File Photo)

Maduro slams Trump for giving orders to Venezuelan military

ANI | Updated: Feb 19, 2019 11:00 IST

Caracas [Venezuela], Feb 19 (ANI): Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Monday (local time) lashed out at United States President Donald Trump for giving orders to the military of a foreign country, local media reported.
"Who is the commander of the armed forces, Donald Trump from Miami?” Maduro was quoted as saying on a state televised network.
"Who is the constitutional commander-in-chief? They believe with their arrogance and their contempt for us. They believe they own the country and Donald Trump believes he has the power to give orders and that the National Bolivarian Armed Forces will carry out his orders. It is an offence to dignity and to shame," the President added.
The remarks by the Maduro came shortly after Trump urged the military and people of Venezuela to support the government of self-declared President aido">Juan Guaido and allow humanitarian aid to flow into the country.
Meanwhile, President Maduro, who had barred the entry of any assistance from the United States, noted that 300 tonnes of aid from Russia would soon be arriving in Venezuela.
On Monday, Trump decried  Maduro as a "Cuban puppet"  who was "dramatizing the hyperinflations and shortages of food".
Trump took to Twitter to share a video of his speech at the Florida International University in Southwest Miami Dade County where he said, "The military has blocked the US from moving tons of humanitarian aid airlifted in recent days to the Colombian border with Venezuela. The aid shipments have been meant in part to dramatize the hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine that are gripping Venezuela"
"The people are starving while the handful of socialist Mudaro regime keeps billion of dollars. He [Maduro] is the puppet in the hands of the Cuban military," the US President said.
Trump said that the US was the first nation to recognise President Guardo as the legitimate president and presently 50 countries have accepted Guardo as the president. (ANI)

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