Pompeo: Venezuelan People Won’t Tolerate Maduro Much Longer

Posted: April 14, 2019, 6:47 pm

Pompeo: Venezuelan People Won't Tolerate Maduro Much Longer U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, listens to Paraguay's Vice President Luis Castiglioni, during a press conference at “Palacio de Lopez,” in Asuncion, Paraguay, April 13, 2019. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he does not think the Venezuelan people will tolerate the Maduro regime much longer.
“The devastation wrought by Nicolas Maruro, the tragedy of the humanitarian situation there bought out solely by Maduro making the choice to bring in the Cubans, to allow Russians to intervene in the country — those are things that are destroying the lives of young people in Venezuela,” Pompeo told Peru's El Comercio newspaper Sunday.
Pompeo was on the last day of a four-nation tour of South America, where the economic and political calamity in Venezuela was among the top concerns during talks in Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Colombia.
“This is not something that has happened in the last weeks or months. Thi..

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Transcript of interview of Secretary of State Michael Pompeo by Spanish Service Senior Reporter Gesell

Posted: April 14, 2019, 7:14 am

Transcript of interview of Secretary of State Michael Pompeo by Spanish Service Senior Reporter Gesell FILE – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a speech during his visit to Santiago, Chile, April 12, 2019. ASUNCION, PARAGUAY — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to VOA Spanish Service Senior Reporter Gesell Tobias in Asuncion, Paraguay about issues related to Venezuela, Iran and Nicaragua. Below is a full transcript of the interview.
QUESTION: Thank you, Secretary Pompeo, for another time, another opportunity to talk to you.
SECRETARY POMPEO: “It’s great to be with you again.”
QUESTION: Thank you. Let’s begin with one of the hottest topics, Venezuela. This is one of the topics you have been talking about for quite a long time already, and I would like to know how you can explain to the Venezuelan people who is the real president. We take into consideration that some Venezuelans still pay taxes to the government of Nicolas Maduro. If a government, a foreign governmen..

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Image of Crying Toddler on US Border Wins Award

Posted: April 11, 2019, 6:51 pm

Image of Crying Toddler on US Border Wins Award FILE – A 2-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, June 12, 2018. Getty Images photographer John Moore won the 2019 World Press Photo of the Year award for this photo. AMSTERDAM — The haunting image of a little girl crying helplessly as she and her mother are taken into custody by U.S. border officials won the prestigious 2018 World Press Photo of the Year Award on Thursday.
Judges said veteran Getty photographer John Moore's picture taken after Honduran mother Sandra Sanchez and her daughter, Yanela, illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border last year showed “a different kind of violence that is psychological.”
The picture of the wailing toddler was published worldwide and caused a public outcry about Washington's controversial policy to separate thousands of migrants and their children.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials later said ..

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Pompeo Defends Trump’s Cuts to Aid Central America

Posted: April 11, 2019, 1:16 am

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended President Donald Trump's move to halt U.S. aid to three Central American nations from which record numbers of migrants have fled to the U.S. southern border. Pompeo was responding to sharp criticism from Democrats at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Wednesday, who said the cuts will likely create more misery and fuel more migration north. VOA's diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine has more from the State Department.

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Trump Retreats on Threat to Immediately Close US-Mexico Border

Posted: April 4, 2019, 2:49 pm

Trump Retreats on Threat to Immediately Close US-Mexico Border A man sits as cars queue up in multiple lines waiting to be inspected by U.S. border patrol officers to enter from Mexico into the U.S., at the San Ysidro port of entry, in Tijuana, Mexico, April 3, 2019. President Donald Trump on Thursday retreated from his threat to immediately close the U.S. southern border with Mexico to thwart illegal migration, instead telling Mexico it has a year to curb the flow of illicit drugs and surge of migrants to the United States or he would impose tariffs on cars it was exporting to the U.S.
Trump backed off days of Twitter comments saying he was about to close the border after White House economic advisers and Republican lawmakers warned him that closing the border would significantly affect the U.S. economy, the world's largest.
White House officials had tried to figure out a way that Trump could halt undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S. while not obstructing the flow of ..

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Senior US House Republican Questions Trump Plan to Cut Central America Aid

Posted: April 1, 2019, 3:28 pm

Senior US House Republican Questions Trump Plan to Cut Central America Aid FILE – Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) speaks at the Capitol Hill National Security Forum at the US Capitol in Washington, US. The top Republican on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said on Monday cutting aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras would make the situation there worse, not better, a sign that President Donald Trump will face bipartisan objections in Congress as he pursues the plan.
“If we cut all this funding, and a lot of it, quite honestly, is seriously law enforcement that we're doing down there … I think it's going to make things tragically worse, not better,” Representative Michael McCaul said in a presentation at the Wilson Center think tank in Washington.
The State Department said on Saturday it was carrying out Trump's directive to end aid programs to the three Central American nations, known as the Northern Triangle, after Trump blasted them for s..

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White House Not Backing Down on Trump’s Threat to Close US-Mexico Border

Posted: March 31, 2019, 3:36 pm

Washington is focused yet again on immigration and border security after President Donald Trump threatened to close America's southern border with Mexico and declared he wants U.S. aid terminated to three Central American nations. VOA's Michael Bowman reports, Trump's moves come amid a continuing surge of undocumented migrant arrivals that have strained federal resources and personnel along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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White House Demands Mexico, 3 Central American Countries Curb Migrant Surge

Posted: March 31, 2019, 11:11 am

White House Demands Mexico, 3 Central American Countries Curb Migrant Surge FILE – Mick Mulvaney departs after a television interview at the White House, Sept. 13, 2017, in Washington. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Sunday demanded that Mexico and three Central American countries curb the surge of thousands of undocumented migrants heading to the United States, noting that the homeland security chief for former President Barack Obama agrees there is an immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border.
“We need your help,” acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in an interview on ABC News. He said Mexico needs to solidify its southern border with Guatemala to prevent the caravans from heading north through Mexico to the U.S. and that the three Central American counties need to curb migrants from leaving their countries.
He left open the distinct possibility that President Donald Trump would close the U.S. border with Me..

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US Ending Aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras Over Migrants

Posted: March 30, 2019, 5:55 pm

US Ending Aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras Over Migrants FILE – People belonging to a caravan of migrants from Honduras en route to the United States cross the Suchiate River to Mexico from Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Jan. 18, 2019. WASHINGTON — The United States is cutting off aid to the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, known collectively as the Northern Triangle, the State Department said Saturday, the day after President Donald Trump alleged that the countries had sent migrants to the United States.
“We are carrying out the president's direction and ending FY 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle,” a State Department spokesperson said in a statement. The State Department declined to provide further details or clarify the time periods involved.
The State Department said that it would “engage Congress in the process,” an apparent acknowledgement that it will need lawmakers' approval to end the funding.

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US Expands Ban on Foreign Aid to Overseas Abortion Providers

Posted: March 26, 2019, 12:31 pm

US Expands Ban on Foreign Aid to Overseas Abortion Providers Secretary of State Mike Pompeo answers a question during a news conference on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the Department of State in Washington. WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday expanded the Trump administration’s ban on U.S. aid to groups that promote or provide abortions to include organizations that comply with the rules but give money to others that don’t.
Pompeo also said the U.S. would cut some assistance to the Organization of America States because at least two of its agencies are allegedly lobbying for abortion availability in the Western Hemisphere.
Pompeo said the administration was committed to protecting “the sanctity of life” in the United States and abroad and would enforce the policy “to the broadest extent possible” by not allowing foreign non-governmental organizations to skirt the ban.
“We will refuse to provide assistance to foreign NGOs that give financial support to other foreign..

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