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How the US blew its chance to woo 2 generals keeping Nicolas Maduro in power in Venezuela

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)Associated Press

  • In 2016 and 2017, two Venezuelan generals approached the US about potential cooperation and to open communications.
  • But the US rebuffed the overtures, and the lack of contact may ben hamstringing Washington's efforts to help oust embattled President Nicolas Maduro.
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Around May 2017, an unusual request from a prominent Venezuelan general made its way to the White House: Gen. Ivan Hernández, head of both the presidential guard and military counterintelligence, wanted to send his 3-year-old son to Boston for brain surgery and needed visas for his family.

After days of internal debate, the still young Trump administration rejected the request, seeing no point in helping a senior member of a socialist government that it viewed as corrupt and thuggish but wasn't yet prepared to confront.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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