Trump on disputed claim of Russian withdrawal from Venezuela: 'Ultimately I'm always right'

Trump on disputed claim of Russian withdrawal from Venezuela: 'Ultimately I'm always right'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE on Wednesday stood by his claim that Russia had withdrawn its forces from Venezuela despite the Kremlin's denials, asserting that he would be proven right in the end.

Trump was asked during an Oval Office meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda what he knows about Russia's involvement in Venezuela given the conflicting statements.


"Well, let's just see who's right. You know what you're going to do? You're going to see in the end who's right," Trump said.

"You just watch it, OK?" he added. "And we'll see who's right. Ultimately, I'm always right."

Trump tweeted earlier this month that Russia had informed the U.S. that it had removed "most of their people from Venezuela." He offered no further information, and officials did not elaborate on Trump's announcement.

The next day, a Kremlin spokesman told reporters that most of Russia's military specialists were still working in Venezuela.

The issue has been a point of contention among some of Trump's top advisers. The administration has backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó, while Russia has offered support for embattled President Nicolás Maduro.

National security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonSenate Republicans must stand up for the rule of law and ensure a fair, open proceeding Democrats cap impeachment arguments with focus on Trump stonewalling Lindsey Graham will oppose subpoena of Hunter Biden MORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo explodes at NPR reporter, asks if she could find Ukraine on a map Huawei endangers Western values The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats turn to obstruction charge MORE have repeatedly blamed Russia and Cuba for propping up Maduro's government.

Trump on Wednesday described the situation in Venezuela as "in flux," and blamed the country's leaders for its descent into a worsening economic and humanitarian crisis.

"It's a very sad thing," he said. "We're watching Venezuela very closely."