.. Yet in a sign of where things now stand in Venezuela, Maduro this week tried to seize the last remaining democratic institution in the country. Security forces and his supporters blocked opposition legislators from entering the National Assembly building, where they were set to reelect Guaido as the head of the legislature.
The dramatic standoff led to a rival lawmaker, dissident opposition member Luis Parra, declaring himself head of the National Assembly, with the backing of Maduro and his party.
It was another blow to a U.S. policy that has so far failed to dislodge Maduro.
Now that Trump’s plate is overflowing—from Iran, after Trump’s decision to kill top general Qassem Soleimani; to North Korea, where nuclear talks with Kim Jong Un have gone nowhere; to Washington, where Trump’s impeachment trial looms in the Senate—Venezuelan opposition members and their supporters worry he will completely lose interest in them.
Despite stiff competition, however, a closer look strongly suggests that Trump’s attention will again turn to Caracas this year.