Pompeo: Maduro Planned To Flee Venezuela, But Russia Convinced Him To Stay

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro planned to leave the country for Cuba, but was talked out of it by the Russians.

"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. We think the situation remains incredibly fluid."

"We know there are senior leaders inside the Maduro government who were prepared to leave. They told us as much over the past few weeks. We're convinced the Venezuelan people are going to get their democracy back," Pompeo added. "Maduro is surrounded by Cubans and has been supported by the Russians. We've told the Russians and we've told the Cubans that it is unacceptable to starve people."

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