Maduro rallies with Venezuelan troops amid opposition uprising

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UPDATED 10:50 AM PT – Sat. May 4, 2019

Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rallies with the South American country’s military.

FILE – In this April 13, 2019 file photo, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, speaks flanked by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, right, and Gen. Ivan Hernandez, second from right, head of both the presidential guard and military counterintelligence in Caracas, Venezuela. The Associated Press has learned that at least twice since 2016, the U.S. government missed chances to cultivate relations with regime insiders, including Padrino and Hernández, who National Security Adviser John Bolton said backed out of a plan to topple Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

Maduro spent time with soldiers Saturday, expressing his appreciation for their willingness to stand by him as their commander-in-chief, during the uprising started by opposition groups.

He said his opponents are just using money to sew division in the country, calling soldiers who defected and joined the opposition “traitors.”

“I trust in the Bolivarian National Armed Forces, in your loyalty, I trust you,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. “But look out! A handful of traitors can’t tarnish the honor, union, cohesion and image of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces in front of the people the world. Say ‘no’ to traitors, ‘out’ with the traitors.”

Meanwhile, Venezuela’s self-proclaimed Interim President Juan Guaidó remains determined to remove Maduro from power.

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