January 21 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the new U.S. President Joseph Biden on the 20th to re-examine the relationship between the United States and Venezuela and stop the former Donald Trump administration’s move to “demonize” Venezuela.
In his national television speech on the same day, Maduro called on the new U.S. government to “turn over the chapter of lies” and stop stigmatizing Venezuela and its “Bolivarian Revolution” and himself.
Maduro called on the Biden administration to “re-examine” the “cruel legacy” of the Trump administration in the U.S.-Vent Venezuelan relationship, hoping to establish a new relationship with the Biden administration “on the basis of respect for national sovereignty”, and called on the Venezuelan parliament to take action at the legislative level to “open” the “new relationship” between Venezuela and the United States.
Anthony Blinkin, Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, said on the 19th that the new U.S. government will still recognize Juan Guaidó, an important opposition figure, as the “Venezuela leader”.
Biden called on social media last July for a “free and fair” election in Venezuela.
Three sources who declined to be named told Bloomberg last December that the Biden administration intends to demand that Venezuela hold “free and fair” elections conditional on the relaxation or removal of some sanctions.