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Exclusive: In Secret Recording, Pompeo Opens Up About Venezuelan Opposition, Says Keeping It United ‘Has Proven Devilishly Difficult’

Exclusive: In Secret Recording, Pompeo Opens Up About Venezuelan Opposition, Says Keeping It United ‘Has Proven Devilishly Difficult’ by John Hudson – Washington Post

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered a candid assessment of Venezuela’s opposition during a closed-door meeting in New York last week, saying that the opponents of President Nicolás Maduro are highly fractious and that U.S. efforts to keep them together have been more difficult than is publicly known.

“Our conundrum, which is to keep the opposition united, has proven devilishly difficult,” Pompeo said in an audio recording obtained by The Washington Post. “The moment Maduro leaves, everybody’s going to raise their hands and [say], ‘Take me, I’m the next president of Venezuela.’ It would be forty-plus people who believe they’re the rightful heir to Maduro.”

The remarks provide a rare window into the challenges the Trump administration faces as the momentum to oust Maduro stalls and some of the countries that initially backed the opposition explore alternative diplomatic paths to resolve the crisis...

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