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Trump urges Venezuelan military to abandon Maduro

by Alyssa Jackson
Posted 2/19/19, 12:49 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned members of the Venezuelan military that they risk their lives and their country’s future by continuing to back embattled President Nicolás Maduro. “Maduro is not a Venezuelan patriot, he is a Cuban puppet,” Trump said in a speech to a Venezuelan expatriate crowd in Miami. Florida is home to an estimated 190,000 Venezuelans, many of whom arrived in the past decade as their homeland slid into economic and political crisis under Maduro. The United States in late January recognized National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó as interim president after he invoked a constitutional clause to remove Maduro from power.

Trump assured the members of the Venezuelan military still backing Maduro that neither Guaidó nor the United States seeks retribution against them. He then urged them to reject Maduro’s orders to block humanitarian assistance: “He would rather see his people starve than give them aid.” In addition, Trump warned the Venezuelan military not to threaten violence against peaceful protesters, opposition leaders, members of the National Assembly, or Guaidó and his family. “We seek a peaceful transition of power,” Trump said, “but all options are open.”

Venezuela was once one of the wealthiest countries in South America, but Trump used the country as an example of the failures of socialism, noting, “A new day is coming in Latin America.”

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Alyssa Jackson

Alyssa is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a former WORLD intern.

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    Posted: Tue, 02/19/2019 03:46 pm

    190,000 Venezuelans?! I wonder how many the latest caravans have added to that number.

    Wow! Those must have been the elite who saw what was coming down the road from those in control.

    The same happened in Cuba. Many got out before Castro was able to tell the rest of the people they would have to leave their stuff behind in Cuba. 

    And the United Nations takes your money and has discussions about what? Global Warming?

    And where can Americans go when Pelosi and her ilk take over our country; take your money to pay for the new arrivals; and distribute the money you have saved to people who have no desire to work.  


  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/20/2019 01:06 am

    Not everyone coming here from somewhere else is bad, or is harming us, is weakening us, or is taking your hard-earned money out of your pockets. 

    I believe we can consider those who fled Venezuela to be in an entirely different category from those who sneak over the border in the dead of night from Mexico.  Despite your personal bad experiences with Cubans in high school, I believe the majority of those who fled Castro have not been a harm to us either.  Same for the Vietnamese and Lao and Hmong who came here from Southeast Asia.  Same for the majority of those from Latin America who have come here legally.  Over the years my wife and I have known quite a few immigrants that were fellow church members, co-workers on our jobs, neighbors, business people who served us. I've even known a few from Mexico who initially came here illegally but later took the proper steps to become legal, including some who took advantage of the amnesty program offered under President Reagan.  I'm proud to call any of these friends, and fellow Americans. 

  • David Branda Steege
    Posted: Wed, 02/20/2019 09:04 am

    Second paragraph, second sentence:  "He them urged..."  ;-)

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Wed, 02/20/2019 09:57 am

    Thank you for pointing out the error. We have corrected it.