Transcript for Venezuela braces for another day of protests
Let's turn now to the tense situation in Venezuela as new protests are planned for later today. This as president trump appears to contradict his own senior national security officials when it comes to Russia's involvement in Venezuela's political crisis appearing to take president Vladimir Putin's word on the subject. And he is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela other than he'd like to see something positive happen for Venezuela, and I feel the same way. Reporter: Now just to put this in perspective, earlier in the week the secretary of state Mike Pompeo, president trump's secretary of state accused Russia of directly interfering by telling the embattled Venezuelan president Nicolas maduro to stay in the country. Venezuela is now bracing for a new round of protests as we said and ABC's senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell is right there on the ground in Caracas with the latest. Good morning to you. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, Dan. That's right, after days of violence and unrest on the streets of Caracas, Venezuela's opposition leader Juan guaido now speaking to ABC news in a rare face-to-face interview. Earlier this week, guaido directly challenged Venezuela's president Nicolas maduro calling for the overthrow of the government. Now, what followed, what intense protest met by violence from the government with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons all used. Sadly at least four people are dead. Hundreds injured and scores arrested. Now, guaido is backed by the U.S. And more than 50 countries around the world but he told me maduro is receiving foreign military assistance. Translator: The only intervention that exists today in Venezuela is from Cuba who comes here to do military intelligence and Russian military planes coming in without the authorization from the Venezuelan parliament. Reporter: Guaido tweeting Friday night that his supporters will, quote, mobilize the main military units against president Nicolas maduro but this will be a real test of his strength and that of his supporters. There's been criticism they failed to get enough military defectors, all people onto the streets and some are asking not when but whether he can bring about the change so desperately needed here, so what happens on those streets behind me in the next two hours is going to be critical. Whit. A rapidly developing situation. Ian Pannell from Venezuela,
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