Disinfo: The invasion of Venezuela was planned by Guaidó and the White House


Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó and Jordan Goudreau, a former member of the US Special Forces, planned the invasion of Venezuela in the White House. The meeting happened in February and it was attended by Donald Trump who issued the orders to plan the attack himself. Both Donald Trump and Juan Guaidó try to deny the allegations.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the use of foreign mercenaries by the United States secret services to stage or incite coups in countries with hostile regimes.

The claims that the White House or Donald Trump was involved remain unfounded. Venezuelan state TV recently aired an interrogation of Luke Denman, one of the US citizens involved in the operation, where the former sergeant alleges that he was acting under the command of Donald Trump. However, the authenticity of the confession has been called into question as observers warn that the video was heavily edited, and it was likely filmed while Denman was speaking under duress. Another link between Donald Trump and Jordan Goudreau is Silvercorp’s own claim to have “led international security teams” for the president of the United States, but Goudreau had only provided private security at Trump political rallies. Despite these connections in the past, there is no evidence that the private contractors behind the operation were under Donald Trump’s command.


  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Bulgarian
  • Country: Venezuela, US
  • Keywords: Coup, Secret services, Foreign mercenaries


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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