Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Friday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a “warmongering tour” of South America to rally support for a war against his government.
"Mike Pompeo is on a warmongering tour against Venezuela, but it has backfired on him... and he has failed in all his attempts to get the governments of the continent to organize themselves in a war against Venezuela," Maduro said on state TV, according to AFP.
"Not even a thousand Mikes Pompeos will be able to bring war to South America," said Maduro, accompanied by Defense Minister General Vladimir Padrino Lopez.
Touring a refugee center in the town of Boa Vista, Brazil, on the border with Venezuela, Pompeo said Maduro "has to leave" power.
He called Maduro "a leader who's destroyed his own country” and “a manmade disaster of massive proportions".
Pompeo later met with Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo.
The two reiterated their support for Venezuela’s National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaido who declared himself acting president in January 2019.