(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Ilhan Omar, a far-left, first-term politician from Minnesota, has once again waded into controversy by blaming the United States for the problems in Venezuela.
On Thursday night, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called her remarks "ignorant” and “disgusting."
Speaking Wednesday on PBS's "Democracy Now!," Omar said:
"A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela. And we’ve sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today. This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States."
Asked for his reaction to Omar’s remarks, Pompeo told Fox News's Laura Ingraham Thursday night, "The nicest thing I can say is, it is unbelievable ignorance. It's just factually wrong...The problems in Venezuela have been years in the making. It has been a socialist regime, first with Chavez, now with Maduro.
"The destruction of a wealthy nation -- the nation with more oil reserves than any other country in the world and a beautiful country with beautiful real estate, beautiful shorelines, all kinds of opportunity.
"And for a member of Congress, who, frankly, one who sits on an important national security committee, to make a statement blaming America first in this way, it’s not only ignorant, it’s disgusting."
Ingraham asked Pompeo about the ongoing struggle by opposition leader Juan Guaido and his supporters to oust Socialist President Nicolas Maduro, the corrupt socialist dictator who has wrecked his country's economy.
"The world community has certainly supported (Guaido)," Pompeo said, but "the military didn't fracture in the way that we would hope, but it is just a matter of time. It is the case that Maduro may rule for a little while longer, but he will not govern.
"Structurally, there is no way for him to stay in power. It is time for him to leave, and we need the Cubans and the Russians to follow him out the door."