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in a continued effort to turn Venezuela's military against president Nicolas Maduro US vice president Mike pence in a speech at the state department on Tuesday offered incentives for soldiers who switch sides against Maduro the United States of America will consider sanctions relief for all those who stepped forward to stand up for the constitution and support the rule of law hands on Tuesday announcing the removal of sanctions for Venezuela's former intelligence service chief after he broke ranks with the president we help the action that our nation is taking today , will encourage others to follow the example , a general Christopher Figueira the US supported opposition leader one why does call last week to overthrow socialist president Maduro but the White House watched in frustration as anti government protests petered out and Maduro appeared firmly in control of the armed forces the the presence made clear that no options off the table with the US administration repeatedly said it was considering different ways to achieve a peaceful transition of power but offered few specifics and the speech on Tuesday reveals how the administration is trying to regain its footing on the issue the vice president also announced the US would offer new assistance for Venezuelans will flood the oil rich country which has been plagued by hyperinflation and shortages of food water and medicine