EXCLUSIVE: Beto O’Rourke on Venezuela: Guaidó “Rightful President”
Says He Would Not Advocate Use of Military Forces
On Thursday, Beto O’Rourke took questions in a press gaggle after an immigration round table in Dallas, TX. Citizen Source was able to ask him about his opinion on regime change in Venezuela.
“Your new immigration plan proposes doubling the money we spend in South America. As president, would you advocate for regime change in Venezuela?”
The Democratic presidential hopeful responded:
“I would recognize Juan Guaidó as the rightful president under the Venezuelan constitution, I would not however as President Trump has recommended we do — invade that country or use U.S. military forces. I think our opportunities to continue to be a diplomatic leader for the Americas with other countries to help those citizens who risk starvation right now, who are malnourished and need treatments. This is one of the greatest humanitarian disasters this hemisphere has ever seen. But we’ve got to resolve this peacefully, so I hope to be able to do that as president.”
Currently, Venezuela has fallen into economic and social ruin due to rising crime, food shortages, and hyperinflation. Some, though, allege that this is due to crippling U.S. sanctions, and fear escalation with Russia in a proxy-war over oil.
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