The week in foreign policy: Rubio warns Venezuela about ‘consequences’

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By Rick Bosh

Each week Andrea Mitchell sits down with top U.S. lawmakers and foreign policy experts to bring viewers insight on critical global developments and in-depth analysis on what’s going on behind the scenes. Here are some highlights.

VENEZUELA

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio reinforced the Trump administration’s support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Thursday while sending a clear message to socialist leader Nicolás Maduro’s regime.

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans filled the streets of Caracas on Wednesday, calling for Maduro’s removal weeks after an inauguration leaders in the U.S. and several other countries are calling illegitimate.

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Rubio, a member of the Senate subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, told the show that “if any harm should come to these diplomats from the United States I want everybody to know the consequences I believe from this administration, that they’ll impose, will be swift and they’ll decisive.”

He added: “I know this for a certainty.”

NORTH KOREA

The lines of communication between Trump and Kim Jong Un remained open this week, highlighted by another exchange of letters. The president expressed optimism for “another good meeting” Thursday in a tweet, one week after an Oval Office meeting with North Korean negotiator Kim Yong Chol.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to participants of the World Economic Forum in Davos via a video link, telling attendees that negotiations with North Korea are ongoing ahead of the Trump administration’s proposed February meeting.

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