NYT: Video contradicts Trump admin claim that Maduro burned aid to Venezuela

NYT: Video contradicts Trump admin claim that Maduro burned aid to Venezuela
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An opposition protester in Venezuela appears to have been responsible for setting a convoy of humanitarian aid on fire, despite members of the Trump administration blaming members of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's administration, The New York Times reported Sunday.

The news outlet obtained previously unpublished footage that appeared to show a reconstruction of the incident from last month. Video suggests an anti-government protester threw a Molotov cocktail that "accidentally" ignited the truck carrying aid.


The footage shows the homemade bomb being thrown toward police, who were blocking a bridge connecting Colombia and Venezuela, the Times reported. But video obtained by the Times reportedly shows a rag used in the weapon separating from the bottle, and flying toward the truck.

The same protester can be seen throwing a Molotov cocktail at another truck 20 minutes earlier, the Times reported.

Vice President Pence tweeted at the time that Maduro danced as his "henchmen murdered civilians & burned food & medicine heading to Venezuelans."

A State Department video also blamed Maduro for ordering the destruction the supplies.

“Maduro is responsible for creating the conditions for violence," Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the National Security Council told the Times on Sunday. "His thugs denied the entry of tons of food and medicine, while thousands of courageous volunteers sought to safeguard and deliver aid to Venezuelan families."

Tensions have been running high in Venezuela as the U.S. leads a global coalition in backing opposition Juan Guaidó as the country's legitimate leader. The Trump administration has imposed mounting sanctions in an effort to pressure Maduro to give up power.

Maduro's government has blocked aid from entering the country, which is suffering from an economic and humanitarian crisis.

"I do think momentum is on the side of Guaidó," national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday on ABC. "I think the overwhelming support of the population and the overwhelming support of the enlisted personnel in the military and the junior officers, the top officer corps, only a few have broken."