Pompeo to CNN:
“We’ve watched throughout the day, it’s been a long time since anyone’s seen Maduro.”
“He had an airplane on the tarmac, he was ready to leave this morning as we understand it and the Russians indicated he should stay. We think the situation remains incredibly fluid.”
“We know there are senior leaders inside the Maduro government who were prepared to leave. They told us as much over the past few weeks. We’re convinced the Venezuelan people are going to get their democracy back.”
“Maduro is surrounded by Cubans and has been supported by the Russians. We’ve told the Russians and we’ve told the Cubans that it is unacceptable to starve people. It’s unnaceptable sick children not to be able to get their medicine.”
I wonder why the local trailer park manager US Secretary of State felt it necessary to point out to the Russians it is not acceptable “to starve people”. To my knowledge the Russian government is not going after their citizens and even foreign companies if they conduct economic activity with someone from Venezuela.
He may want to look into US efforts to starve out Caracas of oil income which pays for the children’s medicine:
Oil exports — the country’s only significant source of hard currency — are plummeting. According to Russ Dallen of Caracas Capital, they fell from 1.15 million barrels a day in January to 650,000 barrels a day in the first half of March — or 43 percent. If that continues, Venezuelan imports of food and medicine, already disastrously insufficient, will drop off a cliff.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells CNN's @WolfBlitzer that it's time for Nicolás Maduro to "leave," adding "He has no answers for the Venezuelan people and the United States is determined to assist the Venezuelan people in restoring democracy." https://t.co/19NDtL2h3Y pic.twitter.com/mzUjviHBiK
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) April 30, 2019
And whatever happened to US Secretaries of State? It’s not like Hillary Clinton was a genius, but at least she had an elite pedigree. Pompeo makes it look like just any moron can become America’s foreign policy chief which I guess is right.