01.31.2019

Juan Guaidó on His Fight to Oust Maduro

Juan Guaidó, the man at the very heart of Venezuela’s power struggle, joins the program to discuss his fight to oust Maduro and restore democracy to his nation.

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MR. GUAIDO, I WONDER WHETHER YOU CAN IN ENGLISH GIVE A MESSAGE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT YOUR GOALS FOR VENEZUELA.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING THERE?

WELL, I WENT TO THANK YOU FOR THIS INTERVIEW.

I WENT TO TALK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TO WANT TO HELP US AND RECOVER OUR DEMOCRACY AND OUR LIBERTY, AND I KNOW MAYBE TO KNOW MANY VENEZUELAN PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY, YOU KNOW ALL THAT -- ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE WE ARE, AND WE WANT TO RECONSTRUCTION OUR COUNTRY, OUR LIBERTY.

MR. GUAIDO, THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING AND WAITING TO SEE WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR REMOVING PRESIDENT MADURO.

DO YOU RELY ON THE MILITARY?

HOW CAN YOU PERSUADE THE MILITARY?

TELL ME WHAT THE PLAN IS.

Translator: WE HAVE DETERMINED THREE PHASES.

WE UNDERSTOOD WE'RE IN A DICTATORSHIP AND WE HAVE THE WORST CRISIS HERE WITHIN VENEZUELA IN TERMS OF THE LARGER MIGRATION THAT'S LEAVING THIS COUNTRY AND WHAT WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO REMOVE MADURO FROM POWER, AND WE HAVE THIS TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT WHICH WILL THEN RECONSTRUCT ALL OF THE INSTITUTIONAL BASIS FOR A FREE IN ORDER TO DO THIS, WE'D HAVE TO PRESSURE THROUGH POLITICAL MEANS TO A DICTATOR BECAUSE IN THAT MANNER IT IS -- HIS -- THE WAY MADURO IS CHARACTERIZED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, SO IN THIS SENSE WE HAVE TO TAKE AWAY ALL OF THE SUPPORT THAT HE HAS AT THE MOMENT THROUGH THE MILITARY FORCES AND TO GIVE AMNESTY TO ALL OF THOSE MILITARIES TO BE ON THE SIDE OF THE CONSTITUTION.

THIS IS AN INCENTIVE, PARTICULARLY FOR THE ARMED FORCES, ALTHOUGH THE FUNCTIONARYIES WHO HAVE USURPED MADURO, OFFERING THEM AN INCENTIVE TO BE ABLE TO REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THAT POWER IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO REMAIN NOT -- TO BE ABLE TAKE CARE OF THE INTERESTS OF THIS COUNTRY.

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Christiane Amanpour speaks with Juan Guaidó about his fight to oust Venezuelan President Maduro; Lawrence Wilkerson about President Trump’s disagreements with his staff; and Afghan MP Fawzia Koofi about the state of affairs in Afghanistan. Walter Isaacson speaks with Zhang Xin, CEO of SOHO China, about U.S.-China relations and her remarkable past.

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