Washington — Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the U.S. government is prepared to dispatch more than $20 million in humanitarian aid to Venezuela as soon as “logistically possible.” America’s top diplomat said his announcement was in direct response to requests made by National Assembly President Juan Guaidó, recognized byas Venezuela’s interim president.
“The United States is ready to provide more than 20 million in humanitarian assistance to the people of Venezuela,” Pompeo said Thursday during a special meeting held by the Organization of American States (OAS). “These funds are to help them cope with the severe food and medicine shortages, and other dire impacts of their country’s political and economic crisis.”
Guaidó, who leads the only opposition-controlled body in Venezuela, declared himself interim president on Wednesday as large groups of demonstrators took to the streets to denounce the repressive government of Nicolás Maduro, who has consolidated power in the oil-rich nation by stacking the judiciary with his supporters, overhauling the legislative branch and maintaining a tight grip on the military.
President Trump then announced the U.S. recognizes Guaidó as the country’s legitimate interim leader.
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