Washington Week

Friday Nights on PBS


News You Need to Know

Trump backtracks on a meeting with Venezuela’s Maduro after chorus of criticism

June 23, 2020
Anne Gearan, Seung Min Kim, John Wagner | The Washington Post
President Trump backtracked Monday from remarks that had opened the door to a possible meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, whom the Trump administration brands a rapacious dictator and the illegitimate ruler of his country.
News You Need to Know

Trump’s lawyer and the Venezuelan president: How Giuliani got involved in back-channel talks with Maduro

December 30, 2019
Rosalind Helderman, Josh Dawsey, Tom Hamburger, Anthony Faiola | The Washington Post
The international call came in September 2018, after months of rising tension between the United States and Venezuela, a key strategic player in South America. On one end of the line was Venezuela’s socialist president, the pariah leader of a disintegrating economy whom President Trump’s administration was seeking to isolate. On the other end: the U.S. president’s personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani and then-Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.).
News You Need to Know

A wealthy Venezuelan hosted Giuliani as he pursued Ukraine campaign. Then Giuliani lobbied the Justice Department on his behalf.

November 26, 2019
Rosalind Helderman, Devlin Barrett, Matt Zapotosky, Tom Hamburger | The Washington Post
A month after staying at Alejandro Betancourt López's historic estate, Rudolph W. Giuliani joined other lawyers who met with a top Justice Department official to argue that Betancourt should not face charges in a money-laundering case filed in Florida.
News You Need to Know

A frustrated Trump questions his administration’s Venezuela strategy

May 9, 2019
Anne Gearan, Josh Dawsey, Seung Min Kim, John Hudson | The Washington Post
President Trump is questioning his administration’s aggressive strategy in Venezuela following the failure of a U.S.-backed effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro, complaining he was misled about how easy it would be to replace the socialist strongman with a young opposition figure, according to administration officials and White House advisers.
News You Need to Know

Pompeo won’t promise to consult Congress about potential military intervention in Venezuela

May 6, 2019
Karoun Demirjian, Paul Sonne | The Washington Post
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday confirmed that the Trump administration is making contingency plans for U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, but he refused to say whether the administration would seek congressional authorization first.
News You Need to Know

With Maduro Still in Power, Questions About the U.S. Role in Venezuela

May 2, 2019
Mark Landler, Julian E. Barnes | The New York Times
President Trump’s top advisers woke up Tuesday believing that a rebellion in the Venezuelan military that day would galvanize a popular uprising and topple a leader they have described as a reviled despot who must be replaced. But at day’s end, President Nicolás Maduro was still in power and Mr. Trump’s advisers were left to blame Cuba, Russia and three influential Venezuelan officials, who failed to switch sides, for frustrating their plans.
News You Need to Know

Using Encouragement and Threats, Trump Heightens a Gamble on Venezuela

May 1, 2019
Vivian Salama, Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration raised its stakes in support of Venezuela’s opposition movement, endorsing a call Tuesday by U.S.-backed Juan Guaidó and a small group of military supporters for an uprising, as embattled President Nicolás Maduro worked to crush protests.
Subscribe to Venezuela