CARACAS – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that he did not attend the United Nations General Assembly session in New York for security reasons due to alleged plans for possible attacks on him.
“This year, I decided not to go to the United Nations for security reasons, because I had information of possible attacks by extremist sectors that are in power in the United States,” said Maduro during the reopening of a hotel in northern Aragua state.
Maduro added that “you have to take care of yourself,” but he made no more references to the alleged threat to his safety. In contrast, he said that “91 percent” of the speeches at the General Assembly have been in favor of peace, a cause with which he said he was in agreement.
US President Donald Trump said in his address to the international body on Tuesday that Venezuela is “collapsing” and added that Washington is ready to take new measures if Maduro insists on imposing an “authoritarian regime.”
In response, the Venezuelan leader had said that he interpreted Trump’s remarks as a death threat against him.
Maduro came back to the matter on Wednesday when he said that the White House Oval Office had “given the order” to assassinate him, and he accused the head of the Venezuelan Parliament, opposition lawmaker Julio Borges, of seeking international aid to end his mandate.