Listen to “What Will Trump Do in Venezuela?” on Spreaker.
President Trump is very clear about what he thinks should happen in Venezuela, but what is he prepared to do if it doesn’t?
For weeks, Trump has declared Juan Guaido to be the legitimate interim president in Venezuela. But Nicholas Maduro is still in power and now the Russians are sending military personnel to shore up Maduro.
American Foreign Policy Senior Vice President Ilan Berman says Trump has the right policy but that doesn’t mean he will get what he wants.
“I think it’s a good declaratory policy. The problem is just because we say it doesn’t make it so,” said Berman.
Listen to the full podcast to hear Berman address some of the lingering questions in this standoff. Why is Russia butting into the crisis in Venezuela? What are America’s national security interests in all this? And what happens if Russia ignores Trump’s demand to get out?