Washington, May 2 : US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in an interview said top Venezuelan officials are not clear about abandoning President Nicolas Maduro.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton on Tuesday claimed that Venezuela’s Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino, Presidential Guard Commander Rafael Hernandez Dala and Supreme Court Chief Judge Maikel Moreno have pledged to support the opposition's attempted coup.
"They made that very clear to other members of the opposition. And today they haven’t indicated that as clearly," Pompeo said in an interview on Wednesday.
Violent clashes erupted across Venezuela on Tuesday after opposition leader Juan Guaidó launched what he described as a military-backed challenge to President Nicolás Maduro, summoning thousands of people to the streets to demonstrate against the socialist leader.
Padrino publicly vowed to crush the attempted coup, saying Venezuela's armed forces remained loyal to Maduro and the country’s constitution. Guaido, who illegally proclaimed himself interim president in January, called on Venezuelans and the country’s military to join his attempt to overthrow the legitimate government. (UNI)