Donald Trump Remains Committed To Removing Nicolás Maduro, Says Mike Pompeo | International | News

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The president of the United States, Donald Trump, "remains firmly committed" to take out the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, said on Thursday the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

The head of US diplomacy said that the Trump administration, which considers the re-election of Maduro fraudulent in May 2018, "in no way" abandoned its efforts to evict the Venezuelan president from a position that Washington says illegitimately holds.

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"We are working to restore democracy in Venezuela," Pompeo told WFLA Orlando.

"President Trump remains firmly committed to that," he added. "Maduro has destroyed that country."

The United States supports the struggle of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whom he recognizes as interim president of Venezuela.

Pompeo was consulted on the subject on Thursday, a year that, in his capacity as parliamentary chief, Guaidó invoked the Constitution and declared himself president in charge of leading a transitional government and organizing new elections.

Guaidó is recognized by more than 50 countries, but "the dictator" Maduro is still in power, said journalist Bud Hedinger of the Good Morning Orlando program. "Did the United States give up trying to evict Maduro?" He asked Pompeo.

"No way," replied the Secretary of State, who said he had the "privilege" of meeting Guaidó last Monday in Colombia.

Guaidó "is working to carry out what the Venezuelan people demand. They just want freedom and democracy," he said.

Pompeo, which culminated on Wednesday a tour of Latin America and the Caribbean in which the situation in Venezuela was very present, met this morning in Miami with Venezuelan exiles opposing Maduro.

"We talked about the security threat posed by the Maduro regime for the United States," said Gustavo Garagorry, who chairs the VARC (Venezuelan American Republican Club).

The secretary of state will give a speech on Trump's foreign policy this afternoon in the small town of Bushnell, Florida. (I)

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