US military may interveve in Venezuela if necessary: Pompeo

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Published: 05/01/2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the unrest in Venezuela. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquartered in New York — the business capital of the world — FBN launched in O...

Our top story is the crisis in venezuela this morning, supporters of opposition leader, one guido, clashing with government forces, as he reinforces calls for the ouster of president nicolas maduro joining me right now is the secretary of state mike pompeo, to talk more about that. Mr. secretary thanks very much for talking with us this morning, it's great to be with you, maria, so first, let's se ...
the tone here we want to get to the latest right off the bat. What do we know about the support for guido from the military and security forces and where is maduro so maduro spoke last night he went on a ramble for about an hour's the first time, he'dcome out of hiding he's still pretty tucked away and, like interim president, Guido who's in the street talking to a real venezuelan people, a very stark contrast, i think, indicative of how he feels about maduro feels about his own security. They we had the most senior leader come across yesterday, leave maduro. He was the head of the sabine, the venezuelan intelligence service, a fellow named christopher, and we had dozens of others military to part maderos forces yesterday today they expect big rallies where those been calling for the biggest rally news to venezuela. We expect that there'll be lots of people taking to the streets today to defend their democracy, but but look at this strongholdof support from russia and cuba to maduro with russia providing weapons cuba providing intelligence. How significant is that viewers need to understand this triangle of strength? If we were to see this continued support, where it's absolutely the case for a long time, the cubans have had an unbelievable amount of control inside of that as well. I think that's why you see the economy having had such problems over the last five six seven years you have cubans communists in control of the venezuelan economy and in colonel of the venezuelan security situation, and now, on top of that, we've got an expanded role of Russia in venezuela also propping up the thugs that are the maduro regimeso. So how far is the u. s. going to go to stop russia from writing? Weaponry.

Stop cuba from this support and whether its intelligence or or support for maduro well, you've seen the work that we've done already to raise the cost for the cubans taking a handful of actions. There are more that we will continue to work on we'll do the same. For the russians, they need to understand that it is, as president said, that they got to go, and the russians need to have the cost for that race. We'Re focused on making sure that we do everything we can to take this malign activity, which is undermining one. Whether who is the duly electedleader of venezuela and take these supports out from underneath him so that he'll depart the country i mean this is this is critical to the united states right. So what is the impact of this support from cuba on the us you're? Talking about a region a three hour flight from miami - that's right look! This has been something the obama administration took a very different approach to cuba than the one that president trump and our team have taken. We'Re going to continue to challenge the leadership in cuba and try to restore a decent way of life in cuba as well, but our focus today is venezuela, maria. I think i heard you talking a little bitearlier. The humanitarian crisis there alone is staggering. You'Ve had three million people flee the country. We expect another two million if the situation doesn't change to leave the country this year. This is a country of only 30 million people, that's more than 10 percent of their population.

That will have fled they've done so because, in spite of the fact that the american taxpayers have been gracious enough to provide enormous medical and food assistance, the maduro regime continues to allow starving children not to eat and kids who are sick, not to get medicine. It'S been going on a long time. The devastation is deeper. That'S why you see the venezuelan people in the streets today, yeahand and obviously medora maduro is hiding out and has still not left. So, what's to say, i mean why do we believe that, in fact, this is the moment that he will, you know, take the cue and actually get out of town? Do you think that this is actually the moment or is he going to continue in hiding? This has been going on for some time and he still hasn't left. That'S he's always there until he's. Not we don't know precisely when the moment is that he'll make the right decision for the people of venezuela he's shown an utter lack of regard or care for their decency for their dignity. Our task is to continueto support, all those who are supporting one boy, though it's not only the people in the national assembly, but the organization of american states, all the countries of the lima group now 50-plus countries across the world, each of whom has recognized that the Election that material claims his power from was a fraud. It was a sham, then one where, though, indeed is the duly elected constitutional leader, and that we need free and fair elections. Our efforts are to drive towards that conclusion. I don't make predictions about how long it will take we're going to continue with this until the venezuela people get the democracy that they're demanding it is. The us support.

Support going toinclude troops are, are the military troops in the u. s. gone ahead ahead there and and and support grideau president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent. Military action is possible if that's what's required, that's what the united states will do we're trying to do everything we can to avoid violence. We'Ve asked all the parties involved not to engage in that kind of activity. We'D prefer a peaceful transition of government there, where maduro leaves that a new election is held. But the president has made clear in the event that there comes a moment and we'll all have to make decisions about when that moment is, and the president will ultimately have to make that decision he'sprepared to do that. If that's what's required well, the president is trying to send a message to cuba. He tweeted this last night. If cuban troops and militia do not immediately cease military and other operations for the purpose of causing death and destruction to the constitution of venezuela, a full and complete embargo, together with highest level, sanctions will be placed on the island of cuba. Hopefully, all cuban soldiers will promptly and peacefully return to their island. What is the plan in terms of sanctions in everett marie? I never get ahead of the team on exactly what the sanctions will be.

You saw what we did with what's called tighter title three of a piece oflegislation packed back in the 90s. No administration had imposed those burdens on cuba. We did and we've announced a set of travel restrictions. Monetary restrictions there's certainly more to follow the president. I think couldn't have been clearer in the tweet that he put out about the cost. There will be to the communist regime in cuba if they don't change their way, if they don't depart venezuela and if they don't cease their support. Violence support inside of that country and and what about russia i mean: how far is the u. s. willing to go to get russia to stop providing weaponry to maduro? So the mission is very clear. The president laid down a very clear requirementfor, the russians, they've they've got to leave and, most importantly, they've got to take down that support for maduro. They are, in fact, the force that is propping up the maduro regime. Why? I said yesterday, maria there are indications that maduro was prepared to leave and that the russians asked him not to go.

Those are those if there's a very dangerous things, dangerous for the venezuelan people and things that create an enormous amount of risk that violence will escalate. Something that i think no country in the region wants and and escalate and impact the broader region as well. I mean the pictures are looking more and more like syria and a civil war, every dayso characterized for our audience. The impact on places like brazil, colombia and the united states, where i'm not sure the analogy to syria, is appropriate, a very different set of challenges, but in terms of the humanitarian crisis, i think the scale here is now almost equal. The colombians are now hosting over a million six in refugees, peru, chile, all beginning to be impacted, their economies, beginning to be burdened by the costs of hosting those who will have fled from venezuela and more streaming outside of venezuela. Each and every day i was down in cucuta colombia, now, several weeks back, i saw where these people were coming across a riverbed crumbing across because they were fleeinga place where they could not feed their kids. They could not take care of their children. These mothers, who had been so devastated, who would wanted to stay in their home country, simply couldn't do so yeah and then there's also the question of guido and and and if we were to see the military support medoro in a bigger way. If they were to imprison guido, not majora's regime has not chosen to do that. So far, we've all not just the united states, but every country has made crystal clear to maduro and those who are supporting them, including the cubans taking taking out the duly elected leader. The constitutionally elected interim president in venezuela would bea significant escalation and there'll be a response, as if that should so has a red line been crushed in terms of the u. s.

You know, i talked about red lines that this is. This is a a mission, a mission to restore democracy and to begin the process to rebuild seven years of disaster and economic conditions inside of venezuela. This is a government-owned destruction of their country. You know, i think, marie about all the places that have economic challenges. Some of them are caused by natural disasters. Some of them are caused because countries don't have wealth or capacity. Venezuela is not that this was because of their socialist government. This was because a leader chose, notto honor, the desires of his own people, and the enormous destruction of a once-proud country's economy is devastating for the people. That country were working to restore better conditions.

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