US Special Representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, says medical supplies and “enough food to feed 2,000 people for a month” are being sent on cargo planes to Cucuta, Colombia to be pre-positioned for entry into Venezuela. The US is calling on the Venezuelan military to allow the entry of this “desperately needed aid” as opposition leader Juan Guaido and his allies travel to Colombia to collect it, in defiance of President Maduro.
(25 Jan 2019) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has named Elliott Abrams, a hawkish former Republican official, to handle U.S. policy toward Venezuela. (Jan. 25)
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