U.S. Secretary of State says the US will “use every tool” to try and bring back two Americans held by Venezuela, even though the botched raid in Venezuela was not sanctioned by the U.S.

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo again insisted the U.S. government had no involvement in the raid. “There was no US government direct involvement in this operation. If we’d have been involved, it would have gone differently.”
  • The two Americans, Luke Denman and Aaron Berry, both former US Army special forces soldiers, and dozens of rebels took part in a  ill-fated beach raid to capture Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. According to Maduro, Venezuela had been tipped off that they raid was coming.
  • Jordan Goudreau, a former Green Beret and the founder of the Florida-based security consulting firm Silvercorp USA, claimed he was hired by the US-backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó,
  • According to current and former U.S. law enforcement officials, Gourdreau is under federal investigation for arms trafficking.
  • Pompeo told reporters, “We’re going to work on this. It’s a consular matter in the sense of any time there are Americans that are detained some place, we’ll work to get them back. We will start the process of trying to figure a way, if in fact these are Americans that are there, that we can figure out a path forward.”