President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump judicial nominee withdraws amid Republican opposition: report Trump judicial nominee withdraws amid Republican opposition: report Cummings offers to delay contempt vote for Wednesday deadline on subpoenaed census docs MORE on Wednesday stood by his claim that Russia had withdrawn its forces from Venezuela despite the Kremlin’s denials, asserting that he would be proven right in the end.
Trump was asked during an Oval Office meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda what he knows about Russia’s involvement in Venezuela given the conflicting statements.
“Well, let’s just see who’s right. You know what you’re going to do? You’re going to see in the end who’s right,” Trump said.
“You just watch it, OK?” he added. “And we’ll see who’s right. Ultimately, I’m always right.”
Trump tweeted earlier this month that Russia had informed the U.S. that it had removed “most of their people from Venezuela.” He offered no further information, and officials did not elaborate on Trump’s announcement.
The next day, a Kremlin spokesman told reporters that most of Russia’s military specialists were still working in Venezuela.
The issue has been a point of contention among some of Trump’s top advisers. The administration has backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó, while Russia has offered support for embattled President Nicolás Maduro.
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Trump on Wednesday described the situation in Venezuela as “in flux,” and blamed the country’s leaders for its descent into a worsening economic and humanitarian crisis.
“It’s a very sad thing,” he said. “We’re watching Venezuela very closely.”