The Trump administration on Wednesday offered to develop an "exit solution" for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro if the socialist strongman agrees to step down peacefully, a U.S. official said Wednesday. That offer came on the heels of Trump announcing that he would recognize an opposition party leader, Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president. Guaido, the president of the National Assembly, has been calling for protests against Maduro, who has retained the support of the military. The decision came after Guaido gained support of the US and other countries.
“We will continue to work with all of our partners who have spoken up very loudly and clearly on this issue in order to, one, encourage them to take further steps to ensure that Maduro and his cronies are not able to loot any further from the Venezuelan people,” a senior administration official told reporters. “And by the way, in that regards, to work productively — if Maduro chooses to accept a peaceful transition of power — to find an exit solution for him, in that regards.”
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