In a new show of rejection of the Nicolás Maduro regime by the United States government, President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support and solidarity with the Venezuelan people.
In an official statement issued by the White House on July 5, the President Trump once again expressed his strong rejection of socialism. He was emphatic in stating, “The Venezuelan people are suffering under an illegitimate and tyrannical regime intent on destroying democratic institutions, abusing human rights, engaging in rampant corruption, and exploiting the worst economic and humanitarian crisis in recent history.”
The president continued, “Yet the United States has great hope for the people of Venezuela. Through their perseverance and courage, Venezuela will attain true independence. My administration will always stand against socialism.”
Last Friday, the White House had already reiterated its permanent support for Juan Guaidó and the democratically elected National Assembly. On that occasion, it was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who, in an official statement, stressed, “On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend our enduring support to the people of Venezuela, interim President Juan Guaidó, and the democratically elected National Assembly as you commemorate the 209th anniversary of your independence on July 5.”
The United States no longer officially recognizes Maduro, even in March it filed charges of narco-terrorism against the leftist leader and several of his collaborators, offering a reward of up to $15 million. At that time, the White House stated, “The Venezuelan people deserve a transparent, responsible, representative government that serves the needs of the people—and that does not betray the trust of the people by condoning or employing public officials that engage in illicit narcotics trafficking. The United States is committed to helping the Venezuelan people restore their democracy through free and fair presidential elections that will provide them with honest and competent national leadership. The Department is offering a reward of up to $15 million for information related to Nicolás Maduro Moros.”
On the same Friday, Guaidó met with the presidents of different Latin American parliaments, who expressed their rejection of the legislative elections that the Maduro regime announced for Dec. 6 and supported his administration in the search for a democratic transition for the country. The support for the regime’s opponents comes after the Chavista dictatorship issued arrest warrants and seized assets against 11 officials of the interim Guaidó government, whom it accuses of conspiring to prevent Venezuelan gold deposited in the Bank of England from being used by the regime. The British court, which was to decide on the power of the two parties over the reserves, ruled Thursday in favor of Guaidó, who is recognized as the president in charge of the country by more than 50 nations around the world, including the United Kingdom, as reported by several media.
This really shows that Guaidó is not alone in his fight against the Chavista regime, even Pompeo in his statement last Friday said, “We remain committed to supporting Venezuela’s peaceful, democratic transition and free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections. The United States, and nearly 60 nations, stand with Venezuelans inside Venezuela and the more than 5 million forced to flee.”