U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo thanked El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele on Monday for recognizing Juan Guaidó as President in Charge of the Republic of Venezuela.
“Thanks to you, El Salvador is now the 57th country to be with the people of Venezuela, struggling to free themselves from the tyranny and corruption of Maduro”, added Pompeo through his personal Twitter account.
Secretary Pompeo has been one of the strongest allies of Juan Guaidó’s legitimate government. Pompeo has worked to push for international sanctions against members of Nicolás Maduro’s regime.
For his part, Bukele has distanced himself from Maduro’s regime by reminding him that, unlike the last presidential elections held in Venezuela, El Salvador did hold democratic elections to choose the president.
“Contrary to you, 9 out of 10 people approve of my government”, Bukele told Maduro through social networks after the dictator accused him of being a traitor and called him a “wimp of the empire”. The Salvadoran President demanded respect in the face of insults and reminded him that Venezuela is in a deep humanitarian crisis despite having been an oil power.