While visiting Paraguay on Saturday, the top U.S. diplomat spoke with Voice of America’s Latin American Service about the United States' approach to the South American country, which is in a leadership crisis. Secretary of Pompeo called the election that Maduro claims to have won a "sham" election, and he called out Russia for its interference in that nation.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says of Venezuela's leadership that "the people have spoken" and they have forcefully rejected President Nicolas Maduro and his regime.

While visiting Paraguay on Saturday, the top U.S. diplomat spoke with Voice of America about the United States' approach to the South American country, which is in a leadership crisis. Pompeo called the election that Maduro claims to have won a "sham" election, and he noted that 54 nations have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's true president.

"Maduro and his henchmen have destroyed this nation," Pompeo said. He said Maduro's missteps are the reason Guaido has been entrusted with the power to "truly deliver ... democracy and prosperity."

Earlier, Pompeo met with the president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitez, for a discussion focusing on Venezuela, human rights, transnational crime, and strengthening democracy in the region.

Paraguay's foreign minister Luis Castiglioni spoke with reporters Saturday about the meeting between Pompeo and Benitez.

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