Venezuela opposition's U.S. envoy asks Trump to step up pressure on Maduro

Venezuela opposition's U.S. envoy asks Trump to step up pressure on Maduro
FILE PHOTO - Carlos Vecchio, the envoy to the U.S. for Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido, answers questions during an interview with Reuters in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Bourg Copyright JIM BOURG(Reuters)
By Reuters
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(Reuters) - The Venezuelan opposition's envoy to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, met with U.S. President Donald Trump in recent days and asked him to increase pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro, Vecchio's office said in a statement on Tuesday.

The United States was among the first countries to recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader after he swore himself in as president last month, arguing Maduro's May 2018 re-election was a sham. Maduro calls Guaido a puppet of the United States intent on overthrowing him.

(Reporting by Luc Cohen)

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