From the very beginning of the political turmoil in Venezuela, Washington has clearly outlined its stance, having chosen to side with opposition leader Juan Guaido in order to force out the legitimately elected President Nicolas Maduro, who, in turn, branded US actions an attempted coup d’etat.
In an interview with Christina Londono of Telemundo, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that Washington seeks to change the regime not only in Venezuela, but also in Nicaragua and Cuba – the countries White House National Security Adviser John Bolton infamously dubbed a “troika of tyranny” in November 2018.
“Yes, President Trump’s administration has done so and will continue to do so not just in Venezuela but certainly Nicaragua and Cuba as well”, Pompeo said when asked whether the United States intends to “help” people in “undemocratic regimes”.
Pompeo also reiterated that all options were on the table in Venezuela, but “we are very hopeful that the Venezuelan people and the Venezuelan military will come to understand that Maduro’s days are past”.
The governments of Cuba and Nicaragua are yet to comment on Pompeo’s claims.