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"We do not know his whereabouts": Venezuelan forces detain key opposition aide

Juan Guaido stands next to a car with the Venezuelan flag hanging above him.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images

Venezuelan security forces detained Roberto Marrero, a lawyer and key aide to opposition leader Juan Guaidó, on Thursday morning after raiding his home, per the AP.

The big picture: The U.S. has warned Maduro and the Venezuelan government to not take action against Guaidó, who is supported by over 50 countries in his bid to be Venezuela's president and is also being investigated by Venezuelan prosectors for an alleged attack on the country's power grid. Maduro, backed by allies Russia and Cuba, says Guaidó is part of a U.S. plan to overthrow his government.

Trump meets his tropical twin

The two exchanged soccer jerseys in the Oval Office yesterday. (Chris Kleponis/Pool/Getty Images)
Bolsonaro and Trump exchanged soccer jerseys in the Oval Office yesterday. Photo: Chris Kleponis/Pool/Getty Images

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro won with a pro-American campaign that emulated President Trump, and the bromance was consummated yesterday with a White House visit that included a joint news conference.

The big picture: Top administration officials contend the rush to embrace Bolsonaro isn’t all about matching personalities. They say it’s about increasing trade — ideally at China’s expense — and confronting adversaries like Cuba and Venezuela.

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