US planning actions in response to Venezuelan crisis

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US is planning a series of actions designed to put pressure on the Venezuelan government.

“You’ll see in the coming days a series of actions that continue to increase the pressure level against the Venezuelan leadership folks, who are working directly against the best interest of the Venezuelan people,” Pompeo said.

“We’re determined to ensure that the Venezuelan people get their say.”

The Trump administration has been increasing pressure on the Maduro government, which has presided over a dramatic economic collapse.

The Trump administration has accused the Maduro government of being anti-democratic after opposition leaders were jailed.

The annual inflation rate in Venezuela is sitting around 200,000 percent, with citizens struggling to access basics like food and medicine.

This has triggered a mass emigration, with neighbouring countries facing a sudden influx on Venezuelan migrants.

The UN International Organization for Migration has estimated that around 2.3 million Venezuelans have left Venezuela.

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