Guaido’s Failed Foreign Tour Ends With A Flop

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Above photo: President Maduro speaks to a massive crowd at Miraflores Palace on the anniversary of a failed Guaido coup. From Orinoco Tribune.

Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself the president of Venezuela a year ago but despite multiple coup attempts, he never took power and his support there rapidly disappeared. Now, with his foreign tour concluding, Guaidó’s support is shrinking around the world as well. Rather than looking presidential, he appears clownish. Rather than developing new plans to try to topple President Maduro, he is left without any concrete promises from European governments, which have been more resistant than the United States toward imposing more sanctions despite Guaidó‘s pleading for support.

Despite his failures, according to US law, as long as President Trump recognizes him as the President of Venezuela then the courts will go along with the charade. Such is the situation we will face when we go to trial on February 11 for the charge of “interfering with certain protective functions” by the Trump administration. In the courtroom, Guaido is the president even though outside the courtroom he has never been president. Learn more about the trial and what you can do to support us and our co-defendants at DefendEmbassyProtectors.org.

Protesters greet Guaido in Spain outside of Foreign Ministry, January 22, 2020.

Guaidó Will Return Even Weaker Than When He Left

In his grand finale in the United States this weekend, Guaidó made clear his desire to meet President Trump. There were three opportunities — at Davos, Trump left before Guaidó arrived; in Miami, Trump skipped the Guaidó rally to play golf; and at Mar-a-Lago Guaido was not invited to the super bowl party. Guaidó was a short drive from Mar-a-Lago but President Trump never called him. The Washington Post reported, “the lack of an encounter — even a photo opportunity — could be taken as a sign of Trump’s lack of interest in Venezuela at a time when Guaidó is seeking to keep his crusade against Maduro alive…” The Post also noted that Trump did not show up for Guaidó’s event in Miami, although several politicians including Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Marco Rubio were there.

Geoff Ramsey, director of the Venezuela program at the right-wing anti-Maduro, Washington Organization on Latin America told the Post, “Going to the United States without meeting with Trump is a risk for Guaidó,” adding that not meeting with Trump shows “that for Trump, the issue of Venezuela is not a priority.” Michael Shifter, president of the Washington-based Inter-American Dialogue, which also supports the coup, told the Associated Press, “If Trump does not meet with Guaidó, that would raise serious questions about the administration’s continuing commitment to Venezuela’s interim president.” 

Guaidó was in steep decline at home when he left Venezuela, losing the presidency of the National Assembly as even much of the opposition to Maduro now oppose him. His support has primarily emanated from the United States and President Trump. The US has been keeping right-wing governments in Latin America and its western allies from openly giving up on the failed coup. But now with Guaidó losing the visible support of President Trump, it will become more difficult to keep these countries’ support. The feeble shrinking puppet may be on his final tour as a fraudulent “president.”

One year after his self-declared presidency and five failed coup attempts, Guaidó has not been president of Venezuela for one day, or even one minute. Trump’s open coup failed repeatedly because the people of Venezuela support President Maduro and the military are staying loyal to the constitutional government. On January 6, the NY Times summarized the situation with a subheadline: “America threw its might behind Juan Guaidó when he claimed the presidency, a direct challenge to President Nicolás Maduro. A year later, the Trump administration has little to show for its efforts.”

Guaidó’s foreign tour was a last-ditch effort to revive his dwindling coup. He had a brief photo-op with Prime Minister Boris Johnson a few hours before the Parliament voted to leave the EU. Guaido then turned to the fragmenting EU for more photo-ops. He called for more illegal sanctions against Venezuela, which will surely anger the Venezuelan people and further his spiraling political decline.

Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s opposition leader, outside the National Assembly building in Caracas (Adriana Loureiro Fernandez/The New York Times)

The Anniversary of an Imaginary Government

Latin America is revolting against neoliberalism and paradoxically Guaidó went to the heart of it at the Davos gathering of global oligarchs. Even the pro-coup New York Times gave Guaidó bad reviews. They wrote: “This time last year, Juan Guaidó would have been the toast of Davos. . . But as Mr. Guaidó made the rounds at this year’s gathering of political and business figures — having come to Europe in defiance of a travel ban at home — he seemed like a man whose moment had passed.” The Times reported that “Nicolás Maduro, [is] still firmly entrenched in power.”

Venezuelanalysis reports that at Davos “the opposition leader was set to meet with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the summit. However, the face-to-face encounter did not materialize…” Mision Verdad summarized it, writing “Guaidó will not bathe in glory but in the wrath of global society and the intrigues that his crash cart tour has left for European leaders.”  Guaidó’s failure at Davos is a “good way to portray the first anniversary of his imaginary government.”

The focus of his trip was on his repeated failures, as the Times reported, “the embattled Venezuelan spent most of his time answering questions about why he had not succeeded in toppling Mr. Maduro.” Guaidó, the Times added, has no new ideas, writing,  “Guaidó struggled to offer fresh ideas for how governments could tighten the pressure on Mr. Maduro. Venezuela is already under heavy sanctions, which have so far failed to dislodge him.”

While the New York Times remains a vehicle of misinformation about Venezuela and President Maduro, they did get this summary correct: “But a year of high-stakes maneuvers by Mr. Guaidó — like trying to persuade the military to turn against the president and trying to bring in much-needed humanitarian aid across the border — failed to bring down Mr. Maduro, who retains firm control of the military and of the country’s resources.” 

After Davos, Guaidó went to Spain where Spain’s new left-wing coalition refused to grant the politician an audience with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. Instead, Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya held a brief meeting with him. To add to that insult, Transport Minister José Luis Ábalos met at Madrid’s airport with Venezuela’s vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, who is banned from stepping into EU territory. In Canada, he had a photo-op with Justin Trudeau but Guaidó showed his amateurish incompetence when he claimed that Cuba should be part of the solution to the political conflict in Venezuela. Officials in both Canada and the United States swiftly rejected this idea.

He concluded his journey in Miami, waiting for President Trump’s phone call — a call that never came.

Guaido protested in the United Kingdom on January 21, 2020 from The Canary

The Failure Of Guaidó Was Evident As Soon As He Declared His False Presidency

For those of us who follow Venezuela closely, the failure of  Guaidó is not a surprise. His self-appointment violated Venezuelan law and it was evident that Maduro legitimately won re-election with widespread public support. The people of Venezuela have a deep understanding of US imperialism and will not give up the independence and sovereignty they have fought so hard for since the election of Hugo Chavez in 1998.

On the anniversary of his self-declaration as president, Supuesto Negado mockingly reported:Guaidó did not come to his anniversary party… It was expected that January 23 would be considered again the day of freedom, the end of the dictatorship, but no one really celebrated anything. Not a candle, not a piñata. No one remembered it. No one called to congratulate him. No one came to the party.”

Instead, members of the National Assembly danced to celebrate Guaido’s defeat as president of the Assembly and President Maduro spoke at a massive rally in Caracas at the Miraflores Palace saying, “A comedy began on January 23, 2019. A year ago they tried to impose a coup d’etat on our people, and the gringos went out into the world to say this is going to be quick and easy, and a year later we have taught North American and European imperialism a lesson!” He also announced a dialogue with the opposition so that the National Electoral Council can prepare elections for the National Assembly and confidently invited the UN to appoint a delegation of international observers for the parliamentary elections along with Mexico, Argentina, Panama, and the European Union. He urged Trump to give up on “the boob” and said, “if the president of the United States, Donald Trump gets tired of the lies of Mike Pompeo and Elliott Abrams, the Venezuelan government is willing to engage in dialogue.”

Even though Guaidó’s visit to the UK was kept under wraps until Monday 20, he was met by protesters on the 21st at the first stop on his failed European tour. The Canary reportsprotest was organized in London against Guaidó’s visit. Demonstrators called for Guaidó to be “put on trial,” not legitimized by UK government. Jorge Martin, who founded Hands Off Venezuela following the failed 2002 coup said: “This person should be arrested and put on trial in Venezuela for having attempted to overthrow the democratically elected government.” 

Wherever he went there were protests. In Brussels, a woman was arrested for hitting Guaidó with cake. In Spain, activists from different social organizations gathered in front of the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Madrid to repudiate the visit of Guaidó with posters that described Guaidó as “clown manufactured by the empire.”  AP reported that protesters referred “to the politician as ‘clown’ and ‘puppet’ of the US.  ‘No to imperialist interference in Venezuela and Latin America,’ read a big banner that also showed support to ‘Venezuela’s people and Nicolás Maduro.'”

In Florida, opponents of the coup published a statement saying, “On the occasion of the visit of US puppet Juan Guaidó to Miami this weekend, the US Hands Off Venezuela South Florida Coalition denounces Washington’s policy of sanctions, currency freezes, and other forms of economic warfare now burdening the people of Venezuela. . . Over the past year, Washington has used Juan Guaidó as a tool in its attempt to replace the elected government of Venezuela.” Even in the stronghold of support for the coup in the US Guaidó only spoke to a crowd of 3,500 announcing his plan to return to Venezuela.

Guaido with Mike Pence, US Vice President.

The US Spends Hundreds of Millions on the Farce Coup

The United States, seeing the incredible riches of Venezuela – oil, gold, diamonds, gas, precious minerals and freshwater – has spent hundreds of millions to put in place their puppet. The corruption of Guaido and the corruption tied to US dollars was one reason he lost control of the National Assembly, which is now investigating US funding.

While Guaidó has been shrinking, Maduro has been growing stronger. Maduro has signed more than 500 bilateral agreements with China that put in place a long-term economic relationship. Russia has provided military, intelligence, and economic support. He has signed new agreements with Iran for medicine, food, energy, and healthcare. Venezuela has met its goal and delivered more than three million social housing units for more than 10 million people. This year economists are predicting the Venezuelan economy will expand and people are seeing the country as a paradox of stability. Some suggested that Maduro was the man of the year for successfully standing up to the Trump coup.

The never-in-power and disappearing Guaido is especially ironic for us as we will be going to trial on February 11 for what Telesur described as “an epic act of resistance in the trial of our times.” The strange thing is the courtroom is likely to be a fictional space where Guaidó is president due to US court decisions that do not allow courts to question foreign policy decisions of the president. It is not clear whether we will get a fair trial, but we are continuing our fight to end US imperialism and for justice for the people of Venezuela. It is time for the US economic war and tragic regime change campaign to end.

  • benleet

    There is a Grayzone interview with Maduro at YouTube, I watched the entire video. Maduro expresses himself well, intelligently. I recommend it. August 6, 2019, a year after the drone attack against Maduro. Thank you for the coverage and analysis. I wrote a letter to N. Pelosi a while back, I should keep writing to other representatives and senators.

  • mwildfire

    “Crash cart tour”, I love it!

  • chetdude

    “the embattled Venezuelan spent most of his time answering questions about why he had not succeeded in toppling Mr. Maduro.”

    Interesting, USAmerica has NO objection to (allegedly) “Authoritarian” or “Dictatorial” leaders, in fact history shows us that the U.S. Empire prefers them as they are more reliable

    (ex. Installing the Shah of Iran after overthrowing Democratic Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh)…

    USAmerica has a strenuous objection to a more Socialist model showing how bankrupt their fossil-fueled, capitalist consumption, exploitation and pollution machine really is.

  • ingamarie

    It’s good news, and a cause for celebration. Americans never do much of their homework, so likely didn’t know much about the Bolivarian revolution Hugo Chavez started, to begin with; but imagining someone could take a selfie at a rally and thereby nominate himself for president of a country as large and wealthy as Venezuela speaks volumes to the arrant stupidity of the current Washington ‘regime’.

    If there ever was a justified reason for ‘regime change’…Trump and his minions have provided it. Thanks to all the people of the world who’ve resisted this imperial arrogance and ineptitude.

  • ingamarie

    Yes. Americans need to keep demanding that their politicians ‘grow up’, and start attending to the needs of Americans, rather than imagining they know what is best for other nations…..you’re government is on the edge of becoming a bit of an international ‘laughing stock’. Too bad its also increasinly considered a bit of an international criminal.

  • ingamarie

    Exactly…its social democracy they can’t stand…..governing for the people they fear.

  • Brilliant article – considering all the verifiable information provided the case should be thrown out in any properly functioning court.

    I remember that the embassy protection collective had the approval of the Democratically elected government to legally be inside the Venezuelan embassy.

    If the prosecution still insist that Guano is supposed to be President then the defense better ask for independently verifiable evidence as opposed to mere hear say.

    There’s nothing even remotely legal about the US attempting to install a puppet government in Venezuela [or anywhere around the world for that matter]

    Free the US from the NeoLiberalism – If anything it should be the Trump administration that should on trial for attempting to overthrow the Democratically elected Venezuelan government – Basta !!!

  • Absolutely – if there was ever a nation that’s begging for a humanitarian friendly regime change………

  • RickW

    To snuff democracy……in the name of democracy!

  • ingamarie

    We should all perhaps pitch in??? Shocked and ashamed that my own Canadian government toyed with this stupid revolution by social media………and would have dealt with the young upstart, had he suceeded.

  • You’re not alone – I find every single one of Washington’s vassal states to be an embarrassment since they’re all a bunch of spineless cowards without the backbone to take a stand against Washington’s war criminal activities.

    The only foreign policy permitted is to follow Washington’s illogical and criminal lead.

  • ingamarie

    My partner and I told them as much……….we should write our government and let them know what a bunch of amateurs they look like when they go along with T-rumps gaffs.

  • We need no further evidence of how completely and utterly corrupt our respective Western governments truly are – from my perspective – write to them if it makes you feel better however I consider it to be a waste of time.

    Our Western governments do not abide by international laws and treaties – the lot of them consider themselves to be above and beyond accountability – exceptional even.

    The Trump administration has even threatened the ICC for daring to consider investigating US war crimes. [One judge resigned the chief prosecutor was forced to abandon her investigation into US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan subsequently her desire to visit the UN [In New York] was prevented by denying her a visa to enter the US.

    Writing to governments that support such actions are in my opinion not going to respond in the manner that will produce the desired results.

    What the rest of the WEST [Washington Economic Submissive Territories] need to consider is following the example set by the French yellow vest weekly protest.

  • RickW

    Our Western governments do not abide by international laws and treaties – the lot of them consider themselves to be above and beyond accountability – exceptional even.
    These treaties were put in place (IMO) to bring the “savages” up to the noble standards of the West. And because the West devised these treaties, they intimately know which ones do and don’t apply to themselves. 🙂

  • Sorry you’re not making sense.

  • RickW

    Laws are ALWAYS passed with others in mind. I myself don’t have to tell myself not to murder my neighbour. But I don’t know about you – so I propose a law telling you that you can’t murder your neighbour.
    You see, between you and me, it is you who are the “savage”.

  • bccarver

    build that pipeline. Tyeers are mental midgets

  • RickW

    Scared to death, savage? I don’t suppose you could provide even one reason for building it, considering most of the jobs are going to China, and there isn’t enough profit generated to break even.

  • bccarver

    believe the leftist propaganda.
    The money earned from exports pays for yours and your fellow tyee cult member`s pension and welfare cheques.
    You idiots have reached retiremnet with a pension due solely to fossil fuels but now want to deny that same opportunity to others including natives.
    100s of jobs will be created building the line, maintaining it, many will be filled by natives. But you just want everyone to stop using FFs
    the refining of the natural gas creates propane which will used to replace 100s of diesel generators used by natives, mines, logging and tourism.

  • RickW

    Ever heard of Tony Seba? Asshat.

  • bccarver

    likely another left wing propagandist with a web page , blog or youtuber the kind gets your pussy wet.
    The BRIC countries will increase the amount of oil consumed by 100%+

  • bccarver

    write on, real activists actually do something.. You go collect your welfare cheque and use FFS every day.
    Trump will be around till 2024 so get over it..

  • RickW

    Be sure to close the door on your way out, asshat.

  • bccarver

    typical left wing canine excrement , must be a member of the tyee cult.

  • bccarver

    why, i love Canada support the system and pay my taxes willingly. Where morons like you whine and bitch about everything.and contribute sweet fuck all.

  • bccarver

    WOW How did you get so god damned smart, i am totally impressed with your vast knowledge of every topic, Truly astounding.

  • bccarver

    duh— Inga ng is a gas and is lighter than air, so it will , in no way affect water supplies. But then that doesnt agree with your leftist bullshit. I get it you hate the developed world.

  • bccarver

    hey asshole. natgas is a ,,, gas .

  • bccarver

    now you support china and their thieving government. HAHAHAHA

  • brainworks

    wow i feel sorry for your family. To have to put up with your whining and bitching must be unbearable.