Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, said on July 29 that the United States will do whatever it takes for Venezuela to regain democracy, in answer to a question from David Rubenstein, president of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
Rubenstein wanted to know if the United States would send its armed forces to the South American country to avoid violence, to which Secretary Pompeo responded, according to a video broadcast by the State Department, “The President has said pretty clearly we’re going to do all that it takes to make sure the Venezuelan people get democracy back.”
.@SecPompeo on #Venezuela at @TheEconomicClub: “The President has said pretty clearly that we're going to do all that it takes to make sure all the Venezuelan people get democracy back.” #EstamosUnidosVE pic.twitter.com/ZzcGqBCHlj
— Department of State (@StateDept) July 29, 2019
He also mentioned the grand coalition of all the nations that reject Nicolas Maduro’s regime, saying that they were closer to fulfilling their mission, in terms of Venezuela’s democracy.
Among the organizations that do not recognize Maduro as legally elected president are the Organization of American States, the Lima Group, and other countries not members of these entities, a total of 58.
The crisis of Venezuela collapsing is increasingly worrying countries in the area, including Colombia, where the largest number of the millions of Venezuelans who have emigrated from their country have settled.
In addition, the regime in the country poses a security risk to the region because it is home to terrorists and criminals from a variety of origins.
The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. was founded in 1986 as a forum to bring together business, economic, financial, government, and diplomatic leaders from around the world to discuss deep issues that challenge the world. David Rubenstein has been its president since 2008.