Venezuela president asks Pope Francis' help against US 'military threat'

FRENCH PRESS AGENCY - AFP
CARACAS
Published 22.08.2017 22:17
Updated 22.08.2017 22:20
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks at a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo)
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks at a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called Tuesday for Pope Francis to support him against a "military threat" from the United States, as international pressure mounts over the deadly political crisis Caracas is facing.

"May the pope help us prevent Trump from sending troops to invade Venezuela," Maduro told a news conference. "I ask for the pope's help against the military threat from the United States."

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