President Donald Trump on Monday urged Venezuelan military officials to back the country’s self-declared interim president Juan Guaido and allow humanitarian aid to flow into Venezuela.
During a Miami speech, Trump noted that there are “truckloads” of humanitarian aid stalled at the Venezuelan border “waiting to help millions and millions in need.”
The President ramped up the public pressure on the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, following a series of US-led sanctions and diplomatic maneuvers aimed at ousting Maduro.
“Two days ago the first us air force C-17 landed in Colombia loaded with crucial assistance, including thousands of nutrition kits for little Venezuelan children,” Trump said. “Unfortunately dictator Maduro has blocked this life-saving aid from entering the country. He would rather see his people starve than give them aid.”
Trump pointed the finger not just at Maduro, but at the “small handful at the top of the Maduro regime” who he accused of plundering the nation. “We know who they are and we know where they keep the billions of dollars they have stolen,” Trump said.
Trump also warned that Venezuelan military officials who continue to back Maduro are “risking their future.” “We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open,” Trump said, while also denouncing socialism.