The News with Rick Sanchez - January 24, 2019 (20:00 ET)

Putin Warns US: Hands Off Venezuela

Rick Sanchez reports on the latest developments in Venezuela’s intensifying political crisis. Then RT America’s Dan Cohen reports on the increasingly shrill back-and-forth between Washington and Caracas as well as Russian voices joining the mix, with President Putin denouncing the present US interference in Venezuela as “a gross violation of the fundamental norms of international law.”

Col. Wilkerson Explains the Making of Venezuelan Coup

Under the leadership of President Nicolas Maduro, re-elected in 2018, Venezuela has sunk to deplorable conditions with the highest inflation rate and highest crime rate in the world.  While innumerable exiles would no-doubt welcome regime change, history suggests that they should think twice before inviting US involvement in the matter. Rick Sanchez explains. We’ll also hear from his exclusive interview with retired US Army Colonel and State Dept. official Lawrence Wilkerson.

How Opposition Screw-Up Placed Maduro in Power

Venezuela’s army has refused to support US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido’s push to oust President-elect Nicolas Maduro and views any such challenge as a threat to Venezuelans’ popular sovereignty. What’s next for Guaido’s ambitions? Latin America expert Prof. Miguel Tinker Salas joins Rick Sanchez to discuss the factors that stifled Venezuela’s development prior to the advent of Chavismo and which served as the germ of opposition in full force there today. He argues that addressing Venezuela’s dependence on oil is the key to fixing the country, but neither Maduro nor his opposition dare confront the problem.