US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today defended the US military “retention” in Venezuela, excluding any armed intervention to expel Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, but is expected to close out.
In a speech on President Donald Trump's foreign policy in Latin America, Pompeo indicated that the priority was to combat “socialism” but theorized a diplomacy of “realism, retention and respect”.
"We said all options were on the table to help Venezuelans regain their democracy and prosperity," said the head of US diplomacy in Louisville, Kentucky.
However, Mike Pompeo stressed that the US President's "realistic" strategy towards Venezuela caused economic and diplomatic pressures, but also "retention."
"We have learned historical lessons about the significant risks associated with the use of military force," Pompeo warned.
Washington recognized in January Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim President of Venezuela and imposed economic sanctions to pressure Nicolás Maduro to leave power.
However, Mike Pompeo called for patience, invoking the example of the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu's regime in Romania, to ensure that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro would eventually be forced out.
"In July 1989, Nicolas Ceausescu stated that capitalism would arrive in Romania on the day apples grew in poplars – and in December of that year it was executed," Pompeo said.
“The end is also near for Maduro. We simply do not know the date, ”added the US Secretary of State.
Venezuela is experiencing a social and political crisis, with humanitarian consequences.
In January, Juan Guaidó, president of the National Assembly – where the opposition is the majority – proclaimed himself interim president, questioning and challenging the legitimacy of Nicolás Maduro.