Pompeo: Trump Admin ‘Fully Supports’ Military Uprising Against Venezuela Prez

MARACAY, VENEZUELA - APRIL 26: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, waves a flag during a rally at  Plaza Bicentenario on April 26, 2019 in Maracay, Venezuela. On Wednesday 24th, the opposition-led National assembly presided by Guaidó took up a proposal to call for general elections within seven to nine months. (Photo by Carlos Becerra/Getty Images)
MARACAY, VENEZUELA - APRIL 26: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized by many members of the international community as the country's rightful interim ruler, gives a speech as he waves a flag during a ... MARACAY, VENEZUELA - APRIL 26: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized by many members of the international community as the country's rightful interim ruler, gives a speech as he waves a flag during a rally at Plaza Bicentenario on April 26, 2019 in Maracay, Venezuela. On Wednesday 24th, the opposition-led National assembly presided by Guaidó took up a proposal to call for general elections within seven to nine months. (Photo by Carlos Becerra/Getty Images) MORE LESS

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration backs Venezuelan congressional leader Juan Guaido in his call for a military uprising against President Nicolas Maduro.

Pompeo says in a tweet that the U.S. “fully supports” Guaido’s call for the start of “Operacion Libertad.” He says the U.S. stands with the Venezuelan people “in their quest for freedom and democracy.” He says democracy cannot be defeated.

The Trump administration has led calls for countries to recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader since January. Earlier, Guaidó took to the streets with activist Leopoldo Lopez and a small contingent of heavily armed troops in a bold and risky call for the military to rise up and oust Maduro.

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