The United States continues to support the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people. On February 4, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participated via video conference in the 10th ministerial meeting of the Lima Group in Ottawa. In his remarks, the Secretary emphasized helping interim President Juan Guaido restore democracy and hope to the people of Venezuela, and answering the interim government’s call to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans, inside and around the country.
Secretary Pompeo also welcomed the decision by Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim President.
We applaud Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden & UK for supporting Venezuelan people by recognizing @jguaido today as Interim President. pic.twitter.com/g0oYLY7Qq0— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 4, 2019
On February 1, Vice President Pence participated in a roundtable table discussion with Venezuelan exiles and community leaders, and delivered remarks at a Venezuela Solidarity Event in Miami, Florida.
The struggle in Venezuela is between dictatorship and democracy – and freedom has the momentum. Nicolas Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power – and Nicolas Maduro must go! pic.twitter.com/yduMhvIL6c— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 1, 2019
Under @POTUS Trump, the US will continue to exert all diplomatic & economic pressure to bring about a peaceful transition to democracy. But know this - All options are on the table. Nicolas Maduro would do well not to test the resolve of the United States. pic.twitter.com/4BbpqFp8QQ— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 1, 2019
On January 30, President Donald J. Trump spoke with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido to congratulate him on his historic assumption of the presidency and to reinforce his strong support for the Venezuelan’s fight to regain it’s democracy.
The people of Venezuela have suffered long enough. Last week, President @realDonaldTrump recognized Juan Guaido, head of the National Assembly, as Venezuela's Interim President.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 30, 2019
Governments across the world have joined us. It is time for change. https://t.co/diy1bxNX2S
Secretary Pompeo called on the Venezuelan military and security forces to protect all Venezuelans as well as U.S. and foreign citizens.
#Maduro’s repression continues. As Venezuelans demand democracy today, we call on the Venezuelan military and security forces to protect all Venezuelans, as well as U.S. and foreign citizens. We stand with the people of #Venezuela. #EstamosUnidosVE #TúTambiénTienesRazones pic.twitter.com/2tiP0cvWlu— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 30, 2019
On January 29, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo certified the authority of Venezuela’s interim President Juan Guaido to receive and control certain property in accounts of the Government of Venezuela or Central Brank of Venezuela held by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York or NY other insured banks.
“We call on other governments to recognize interim President Juan Guaido and take similar steps to protect Venezuela’s patrimony from further theft by Maduro’s corrupt regime.”
These actions follow President Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. Read more here.
Read more about how the United States is supporting the Venezuelan people here.