Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is speaking out after the people of Venezuela were brutally mistreated on President Nicolás Maduro’s orders while trying to retrieve humanitarian aid.
Many American leaders have spoken out against Maduro’s regime and have called for new leadership in Venezuela. Pompeo is the most recent official to speak out in support of interim President Juan Guaidó.
“Now is the time to act in support of the needs of the desperate Venezuelan people. We stand in solidarity with those continuing their struggle for freedom,” tweeted Pompeo.
Pompeo also revealed the United States is considering action against the current leadership.
“The U.S. will take action against those who oppose the peaceful restoration of democracy in [Venezuela],” tweeted Pompeo.
The U.S. will take action against those who oppose the peaceful restoration of democracy in #Venezuela. Now is the time to act in support of the needs of the desperate Venezuelan people. We stand in solidarity with those continuing their struggle for freedom. #EstamosUnidosVE pic.twitter.com/XfLEsyT6Rj
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 24, 2019
According to a report by BBC, Maduro slammed President Donald Trump and the U.S. attempts to send aid.
“Take your hands off Venezuela, Donald Trump,” said Maduro.
He also called Guaidó a “puppet,” “American pawn,” a “clown” and an “imperialist beggar.”
— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) February 23, 2019
During the attempt to retrieve the aid on Saturday, a truck was set of fire and tear gas was fired into the crowd by the Venezuelan military. Guaidó took to Twitter to ask for help in regaining freedom for the people of Venezuela.
“Today’s events force me to make a decision: to formally propose to the international community that we must have all options open to achieve the freedom of our country,” Guaidó said.
Todas las opciones de la comunidad internacional que han logrado el cerco diplomático que contribuirá al cese de la usurpación, al gobierno de transición y elecciones libres. Seguimos adelante.
— Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) February 24, 2019
Two people were killed and over 300 were injured during the border crossings on Saturday. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to meet with Guaidó on Monday to discuss the current situation.