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Maduro Compares Himself to Jesus, Warns Trump About WH 'Stained With Blood'

© Sputnik / Stringer /  / Go to the mediabankThe president of Venezuela N. Maduro addressed the Supreme Court
The president of Venezuela N. Maduro addressed the Supreme Court - Sputnik International
Earlier, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted that Donald Trump's recent remarks about a possible military option related to Venezuela confirm that the US President "leads the state coup" against the Latin American country.

Speaking with Venezuelan military officials on Sunday, President Nicolas Maduro noted, in particular, that he perceives himself as Jesus Christ.

"I am a worker like Jesus Christ the Saviour and I'm a devoted Christian — from the heart of a Christian to our God," Maduro said.

Touting the Venezuelan military as "the soldiers of the Motherland to guarantee the country's unity and sovereignty", he also cited William Shakespeare and claimed that the future of Venezuela is currently at stake.

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"To be or not to be, said the great Shakespeare. To be or not to be — this is today's dilemma. To be a homeland or to be a colony. To be Venezuela or to be nothing. To be a unified people and armed forces or disintegration, to be the future or a disappearing dream which is more than 200 years old," Maduro stressed.

He also cautioned against attempts "to weaken Venezuela" and fuel a civil war in Venezuela, saying that there will be "peace, not military intervention" in his country.

The remarks came after Maduro's interview with the Spanish news show Salvados, during which he specifically warned Donald Trump of far-reaching consequences if the US President pursues what Maduro described as a "dirty" imperialist conspiracy to oust him.

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"Stop. Stop, Trump! Hold it right there! You are making mistakes that will leave your hands covered in blood and you will leave the presidency stained with blood. Why would you want a repeat of Vietnam?" Maduro said.

On Sunday, Trump said in an interview with the US broadcaster CBS that a US military intervention in Venezuela remains "an option". Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza described the statement as proof that Washington is behind an attempt to stage a coup d'etat in the Latin American country.

"[US President] Donald Trump confirms that he leads the state coup as he threatens to use military force again in violation of the UN Charter. The Venezuelan opposition is controlled by Trump", Arreaza tweeted on Sunday.

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Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez also condemned Trump's statement, stressing that the people of Venezuela would not allow any foreign interference.

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The political crisis in Venezuela became exacerbated on 23 January, when Juan Guaido, the speaker of the Venezuelan opposition-led National Assembly, proclaimed himself the country's interim president.

The move was supported by the United States, most Latin American countries and some EU states, while Russia, China, Mexico, Turkey, Iran and several other states backed constitutionally-elected President Nicolas Maduro, who has repeatedly blamed Washington for trying to stage a state coup in Venezuela.

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