Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the West was “crazy” for supporting an opposition leader in Venezuela over its president.
Putin said Juan Guaido was “likeable” but warned that the world would plunge into chaos if there were no rules.
“But if we adopt this way of coming to power — a man walks into a square, lifts up his eyes to heaven and declares himself president before God — would this be normal or not?” he told heads of global news agencies at an economic forum in the second city of Saint Petersburg.
“Well, then chaos will consume the world,” he warned. “Let’s elect a US president, a British prime minister, a French president like that. What will it be?
“I feel like asking those who support this: have you gone crazy, do you understand where this is going? Should there be rules or not?”
In January, Guaido declared himself acting president, claiming Nicolas Maduro’s re-election last year was illegitimate.
More than 50 countries led by the United States lined up behind the head of the National Assembly, but Russia and China have backed Maduro.
Guaido has been leading a push to oust leftist firebrand Maduro, who has presided over a crumbling economy, but those efforts have not borne fruit so far.
Louisiana Democrat re-elected governor — despite Trump’s rallies for the Republican candidate
The Associated Press has called the Lousiana's governor's race for incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards.
Edwards triumphed over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who called to concede.
The outcome is another major political loss for President Donald Trump, who had held multiple campaign rallies for Rispone.
During his most recent rally, Trump begged the crowd to give him a "big win" in the election.
Eddie Rispone has conceded the #lagov race to Gov. John Bel Edwards, giving the Democrat four more years in ruby red Louisiana despite Trump’s best efforts to flip the seat. Edwards camp says Rispone called minutes ago to concede. #lagov #lalege
Press secretary says it is ‘dangerous for the country’ to question whether she is putting out honest info
Press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Saturday argued it was "dangerous for the country" for anyone to challenge the veracity of her claims.
Grisham made her argument after President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed Hospital for an unannounced doctor's visit, resulting in a great deal of speculation.
Following the visit, Grisham claimed Trump was "healthy" and "without complaints" -- a claim many found unlikely as the president has spent a good deal of time as president airing his many grievances.
Sondland used WhatsApp to communicate with Ukraine — and won’t turn over the messages: report
Ambassador Gordon Sondland used WhatsApp to send encrypted messages to a top Ukranian official, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
The communication occurred with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to President Volodymr Zelensky, when Sondland was in Kyiv, the newspaper reported.
"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions," The Post reported.