Maduro threatens U.S. with a “repeat of Vietnam”

Feb 04, 2019, 1:07 AM EST
Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro asked the U.S. why it wants a "repeat of Vietnam."
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Venezuela’s embattled President Nicolás Maduro said that he won’t quit under U.S. pressure, warning that his American counterpart Donald Trump will leave the White House “stained with blood” if Washington continues to meddle with the country’s internal affairs.

Responding on the apprehensions of Venezuela descending into a civil war, Maduro said the course of the crisis depends on the level of “madness and aggressiveness” shown by the U.S. and its Western allies, notes the BBC.

Maduro, who came to power in 2013, finds himself isolated after the U.S. along with several other neighboring countries and the EU recognized Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the president of the country last month.

Maduro vowed to defend the country against any invasion by foreign forces and threatened the U.S. of a “repeat of Vietnam” if it tries to topple his government with “dirty” imperialist conspiracy, reports The Guardian.

The political tussle between the two leaders shows no signs of easing, with Maduro frequenting military units in show of might and Guaidó drumming up diplomatic support to unseat an “authoritarian” president.