Pompeo Claims Maduro’s Inner Circle Is Seeking an Exit Strategy

Offers no evidence that this is actually happening

In comments on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that members of Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro are looking for an exit strategy, and that it’s inevitable some will decide to stop supporting Maduro.

Pompeo said he was sure the inner circle were asking these questions, though he offered no actual evidence that this was the case. The US, of course, has been pushing for regime change in Venezuela for months.

Ponpeo reiterated that the US remains determined to see regime change, warning Cuba, Iran, and Russia that supporting Maduro is therefore the “wrong foreign policy.” He says Maduro will eventually be forced out, and that they would be in “a far better place” if they just accepted the US position all along.

“We are making the same case to all the parties that are supporting Maduro,” Pompeo added. Despite his confidence in the inevitability of regime change, there is no sign any of these nations has even considered changing their position.

Author: Jason Ditz

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