This Tuesday, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and the President of Colombia, Iván Duque, held a telephone conversation in which they claimed to be concerned about the lives of Venezuelans, “forgetting” the crisis in their own countries, because of the coronavirus and the thousands of reports of murders of social leaders and the increase in drug trafficking between the two nations. These assertions were made by the Venezuelan chancellor, Jorge Arreaza, who described the situation as a diversionary tactic to undermine the public opinion of its citizens, after the Covid-19 catastrophe in the United States and Colombia.
Vaya táctica de distracción: @SecPompeo e @IvanDuque conversan y como siempre anuncian que hablaron de Venezuela. ¿Y el aumento en la producción de droga? ¿Y el impune ingreso de droga en EEUU? ¿Y los asesinatos a líderes sociales? ¿Y la crisis humanitaria por #COVIDー19 en EEUU? https://t.co/MlkfUnH2n0
— Jorge Arreaza M (@jaarreaza) April 28, 2020
What a diversionary tactic: Mike Pompeo and Iván Duque talk and, as always, announce that they spoke about Venezuela. What about the increase in drug production? And the unpunished entry of drugs into the US? And the murders of social leaders (in Colombia)? And the #COVID ー 19 humanitarian crisis in the US?” asked the Venezuelan top diplomat on his Twitter account.
The United States on Monday exceeded the figure of one million people infected in the pandemic, with New York State being the most affected with 22,886 deaths; also with President Trump’s constantly calling to reopen the economy.
For its part, Colombia as of Tuesday records 5,597 cases of infected people and 253 deaths, according to data collected by the page https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/. But many experts doubt the accuracy of Colombia’s Covid-19 figures.
Translated by JRE/EF