“We’ve watched throughout the day, it’s been a long time since anyone’s seen Maduro,” Pompeo said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”
“He had an airplane on the tarmac, he was ready to leave this morning as we understand it and the Russians indicated he should stay.”
“He was headed for Havana,” Pompeo said.
The Secretary of State refused to say whether Maduro would be permitted to safely depart for Cuba, instead saying that “Mr. Maduro understands what will happen if he gets on that airplane.”
“He knows our expectations,” Pompeo said when repeatedly pressed on the question.
Pompeo reiterated his support for opposition leader Juan Guaido amid an escalating situation in Venezuela. On Tuesday morning, Guaido, standing alongside a group of soldiers in Caracas, announced an uprising and called for his supporters to take to the streets in an effort to oust Maduro. Confrontations between the two sides turned violent, with more than 50 people being taken to a medical center in the Venezuelan capital.
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