United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on world leaders to “pick a side” on the escalating political crisis sweeping Venezuela; demanding Europe and other allies oppose socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s brutal regime.
“Now it is time for every other nation to pick a side. … Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you’re in league with Maduro and his mayhem,” Pompeo told the UN Security Council. “We call on all members of the Security Council to support Venezuela’s democratic transition and interim President Guaido’s role.”
Pompeo’s comments come days after the Trump administration officially recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the ‘Interim President’ of Venezuela; sparking Maduro to expel all American diplomats from the country.
In a dramatic shift, Britain, Germany, France, and Spain gave Venezuela an eight-day deadline to hold national elections; saying their governments are prepared to join the US and recognize Guaido as the nation’s legitimate leader.
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