Venezuela thrust to forefront of US-Russia clashes

Patrick Shanahan and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford testify before a House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee

Venezuela thrust to forefront of US-Russia clashes

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo isn't mincing words in response to Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's comments earlier this week that the United States, not dictator Nicolas Maduro or socialist policies, are to blame for the current crisis in Venezuela.

"So, the nicest thing I can say is it is unbelievable ignorance". Abrams played a major role in the abortive coup attempt against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2002, and acted as a lobbyist and unofficial spokesman for US-backed militias in Central America attempting to topple governments in the region in the 1980s.

Russian Federation and Venezuela have a political, military and economic alliance that was cemented between Putin and the late President Hugo Chavez. The destruction of a wealthy nation.

But since the beginning of this week, Pompeo and Trump's national security adviser John Bolton have repeatedly denounced Russian Federation, along with Cuba, for aiding Maduro, whose re-election previous year is viewed by the USA and more than 50 other nations as illegitimate because of fraud.

"For a member of Congress who, frankly, one who sits on an important national committee, making a statement blaming America first in this way, it's not only ignorant, it's disgusting", he said. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro himself slammed Pompeo's claim, branding it a lie and manipulation. Omar once called Guaidó "far right", which is about as unbelievably ignorant as it gets. We've taken decisive steps and made it clear.

That's a question Pompeo addresses succinctly, if not comprehensively, with Laura Ingraham in this interview. "We welcome you to Democracy Now!". Pompeo laughed aloud and said, "There is a great power contest taking place, I think that's true".

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