In a press conference at the Foreign Office, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blasted “those that continue to support the murderous dictator Maduro”, in response to a question from a journalist about Jeremy Corbyn’s continued support of the Venezuelan tyrant.
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In a fiery response, Pompeo said that it’s “disgusting to see leaders here in the UK and in the USA as well, continue to support the murderous dictator Maduro."
He went on: “ it is not in either of our countries best interests for those leaders to continue to advocate on their behalf. The Venezuelan people have spoken through their constitutional mechanism to put Guaido as their interim President. President Meduro is on borrowed time.”
In response to the same question, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “ 3 million have fled the country (Venezuela). GDP has gone down by 40% in the last 4 years. People can’t access basic medicine. People are rifling through rubbish to get food in the streets.”
He then lambasted Labour’s leadership, saying: “ John McDonnell describes this as socialism in action. People need to draw their own conclusion about what his own plans might be for the UK.”
The current Labour Party leadership have had a bizarre infatuation with the Venezuelan regime for years. Corbyn and his pals have looked at Venezuela as a beacon of hope and the ultimate socialist paradise. So much so, that Corbyn found the time to congratulate President Maduro live on Venezuelan TV back in 2014.
Reality in Venezuela is far from the utopic image portrayed in socialist propaganda. The country has been in a recession for four years and inflation is set to reach 1,000,000%. Hundreds of thousands are starving. Those seeking to oppose the regime face horrific consequences. Many face imprisonment while the number of dead continues to rise. Almost two million Venezuelans have fled the country in fear.
Nicolas Maduro has faced international condemnation for assuming power despite numerous claims of vote-rigging and blatant irregularities.
Today, as millions of Venezuelans take to the streets & the majority of the free world unite in opposition to the regime, Corbyn has found the time to host a Venezuelan diplomat in our Parliament. John McDonnell and Diane Abbott; along with an array of other questionable characters, have signed a letter in the Guardian condemning the “US attempt at regime change".
Mr Pompeo is visiting the UK to hold talks with Prime Minister Theresa May and make a speech on foreign policy ahead of US President Donald Trump's state visit next month.