The US government will not recognize the "illegitimate takeover of the dictatorship" of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and will maintain its pressure on that "corrupt regime," said John Bolton, White House National Security Advisor.
"The United States will not recognize the illegitimate takeover of the Maduro dictatorship," Bolton said in a message on his Twitter account about the Venezuelan president's swearing in his new term until 2025.
Bolton stressed that the US "It will continue to increase its pressure on the corrupt regime, supporting the democratic National Assembly, and demanding democracy and freedom in Venezuela."
Thus, Washington joins the European Union (EU) and the so-called Group of Lima, consisting of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia , in repudiation of Maduro's investiture.
Mexico, although it will only send a charge of business to the investiture, on Wednesday left the Group of Lima, whose other thirteen countries denounced, in a statement, that the electoral process of May 20, 2018 in Venezuela "lacks legitimacy" .
Maduro today swore his new mandate accompanied only by four heads of state from Latin American countries: the Bolivian Evo Morales, the Nicaraguan Daniel Ortega, the Cuban Miguel Díaz-Canel and the Salvadoran Salvador Sánchez Cerén.