President Nicolas Maduro on Friday said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s “war-mongering” tour of Venezuela’s neighbors had failed.
“Mike Pompeo is on a war-mongering tour against Venezuela, but it has backfired on him… and he has failed in all his attempts to get the governments of the continent to organize themselves in a war against Venezuela,” Maduro said on state TV.
The Venezuelan president has repeatedly accused the US and Colombia of plotting a military coup against him.
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“Not even one thousand Mike Pompeos will be able to bring war to South America,” said Maduro, as the TV broadcast images of military exercises involving the Bolivarian Militia, a civilian corps attached to the Armed Forces.
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Pompeo has used his whistlestop four-nation South American visit to increase pressure on Maduro to leave power, saying his rule had “decimated the people of Venezuela” and “he has to leave.”
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