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U.S. Special Envoy Elliott Abrams Rules Out Negotiations with Maduro

HeadlineFeb 08, 2019

On Thursday, the new U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, ruled out any negotiations with Maduro.

Elliott Abrams: “Maduro has proven he will manipulate any call for negotiations to his advantage, and he has often used so-called dialogues as a way to play for time. We urge all involved to deal solely with the legitimate Guaidó government. The time for dialogue with Maduro has long passed.”

Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned. Abrams also defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s.

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