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Trump Says Putin Not ‘Involved’ in Venezuela, Despite U.S. Claim

  • Press secretary says Trump only relayed what Putin told him
  • Bolton, Pompeo say Russia persuaded Maduro to stay in Caracas
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Donald Trump said that Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t seeking to “get involved” in the crisis in Venezuela, despite assertions by the American president’s top national security advisers that the Kremlin is offering critical support to Nicolas Maduro’s regime.

“He is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela other than he’d like to see something positive happen for Venezuela,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, following a call with the Russian leader earlier in the day. “And I feel the same way. We want to get some humanitarian aid -- right now people are starving, they have no water, they have no food.”