Pompeo says military action in Venezuela 'possible'

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The size of the protests will provide a test for Guaido, amid frustration among some supporters that Maduro remains in office more than three months after the opposition leader - who heads the National Assembly - invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing that Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate. "We will see you all in the streets". And it's one important reason, I think, people should understand, this is not just the United States concerned with what's happening in Venezuela.

When Felix Garcia woke up on Tuesday he was sacked up by surprising news - Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez, under house arrest for the past two years, had appeared in public.

Leopoldo Lopez was later reported to have joined his family in the Chilean Embassy.

"We're going to Miraflores palace to defend the revolution, to defend Nicolas and to defend the legacy of Hugo Chavez", said Cabello in a phone call to state TV.

"If this effort fails, they will sink into a dictatorship from which there are very few possible alternatives", Bolton added. The FAA also ordered all air operators in Venezuela, including private jets, to leave the country within 48 hours. It also imposed punishing sanctions on the country's oil sector, deepening the country's economic crisis.

"Today, Maduro does not have the support of the army", he claimed during a two-minute video.

The letter circulating on social media was confirmed by a senior USA official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to divulge details of the case.

That has frustrated Guaido's bid to assume the day-to-day functions of government on an interim basis - which he says would be a prelude to calling new elections.

The U.S. military's top officer for operations in South America pushed back Wednesday against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's suggestions earlier in the day that the White House is considering military options to expedite the overthrow of the embattled Maduro regime in Venezuela. Abrams said US officials believed such a step would galvanize public support for Guaido.

Government supporters say they are also ready to support the revolution, arguing that the current situation is a outcome of foreign intervention. Pompeo added that the United States would prefer a peaceful transition of power.

The U.S. has been embarrassed by acting too soon in the past. Bolton, who appeared calm in front of his Fox News interlocutor, repeatedly accused Berman of trying to pick a fight with him over allegations of Russian collusion with President Donald Trump. We're very concerned about it because of the implications for the free countries in the hemisphere.

Trump administration officials sought to draw a distinction between the two situations.

"They negotiated for a long time on the means of restoring democracy but it seems that today they are not going forward", said USA envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams, while US national security adviser John Bolton said: "All agreed that Maduro had to go".

In a video message to supporters, he said Maduro no longer has the support of Venezuela's armed forces. "Mister Pompeo, please, this really is a joke", Maduro said.

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