Expect US 'actions' against Venezuela

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Friday that the US government is preparing a "series of actions" in the coming days to increase its pressure campaign against the government of Venezuela.

"You'll see in the coming days a series of actions that continue to increase the pressure level against the Venezuelan leadership folks, who are working directly against the best interest of the Venezuelan people," Pompeo told the network. "We're determined to ensure that the Venezuelan people get their say."

The administration of US President Donald Trump has taken a hard line against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, who took office promising to continue the legacy of the widely popular Bolivarian leader who preceded him, Hugo Chavez.

In August 2017, Trump issued his first round of sanctions against the country, calling it a "dictatorship." Then again, in May 2018, one day after Maduro again won the office of the presidency in a democratic election, the US imposed another round.

While Maduro has accused the US of engaging in economic warfare and sabotage, the US has at times taken a more active role in undermining the government. After an August 4 assassination attempt against Maduro involving a drone strapped with explosives, Caracas accused the US of backing the perpetrators.

In early September, the New York Times revealed that the Trump administration had discussed plans to overthrow Maduro in a violent coup with opposition leaders.

After a 2002 failed coup attempt against the government, then-President Chavez accused the United States of participating in it. America reportedly "gave the nod" to the opposition at the time before they went ahead with the regime change attempt.

2018.09.22 / 11:55
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