"Met with Senators Marco Rubio, Senator Rick Scott, and Jim Risch and Congressmen Mario Diaz Balart, Eliot Engel, Michael McCaul and Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Cap Hill today to update them on my discussions with Juan Guaido and the Lima Group", Pence said via Twitter on Tuesday.
Risch said about the meeting that they reaffirmed there is no change in US policy on Venezuela. The United States continues to back Guaido, he added.
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly accused Washington of trying to orchestrate a coup ever since Guaido declared himself interim president last month. Within days of Guaido’s pronouncement, the United States seized billions of dollars' worth of Venezuela’s oil assets while several US officials threatened to take military action against Maduro’s government.
On 22 February, Guaido arrived in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, where the alleged humanitarian aid from the United States and a number of other countries was being collected, in order to help deliver the supplies to Venezuela despite the fact that the government refused to accept the aid.
Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice Juan Carlos Valdez told Sputnik on Tuesday that Guaido could face up to 30 years in jail as he breached his foreign travel ban. Similarly, Maduro suggested Tuesday that Juan Guaido must face trial after his return to Venezuela from Colombia, where he traveled in defiance of the travel ban imposed earlier by the Venezuelan Supreme Court.