Cuba denies military support for Venezuelan leader but says broader cooperation would be 'totally legitimate' while US invokes the Monroe Doctrine | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Cuba denies military support for Venezuelan leader but says broader cooperation would be 'totally legitimate' while US invokes the Monroe Doctrine

President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Wednesday that the U.S. deems the uprising in Venezuela to be a Western affair and outside actors, including Cuban forces, must leave the South American country immediately.

Carlos Fernández de Cossío, Cuba's director-general of US affairs, said in Washington that the US is falsely accusing his country of having more than 20,000 troops and intelligence agents in Venezuela.

De Cossío said there are roughly 20,000 Cubans in Venezuela but virtually all are medical workers.

'There are no troops,' he said in English. 'Cuba does not participate in military operations nor in security operations in Venezuela.'

Meanwhile, John Bolton told White House reporters on Wednesday morning that Trump is returning to the Monroe Doctrine and will be exerting its influence to stabilize Venezuela.

'We've made it very clear that the Monroe Doctrine is alive in this administration. We expect foreign influences to depart,' Bolton said.

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