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V.P. Mike Pence visits Miami and meets with Venezuelans

Posted at 10:49 AM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 14:44:35-05

MIAMI — Venezuelan exiles who fled their homeland are telling U.S. Vice President Mike Pence that the moment has come to intervene and overthrow President Nicolas Maduro.

Pence told Venezuelans in Miami that Washington was working toward a "peaceful transition" so that opposition leader Juan Guaido comes to power, and he reassured them the Trump administration would continue to weaken Maduro.

"This is no time for dialogue," Pence said at a church, prompting loud cheers among Venezuelan exiles. "It is time to end the Maduro regime."

Before his speech, Pence sat down with a college professor, who says he was physically assaulted by armed pro-government groups. He also heard from other refugees such as a Venezuelan city councilman, who says he was accused of being a CIA agent.