Venezuela’s Interim President Juan Guaidó is asking followers to surround military bases on Saturday to demand that the armed forces allow aid into the country — a provocative move that’s likely to inflame leader Nicolás Maduro.
During a speech at Florida International University Monday, President Donald Trump cast looming regime change in Venezuela as the end of leftism in The Americas, and warned that military leaders who don’t abandon Nicolás Maduro will “lose everything.”
Military planes carrying humanitarian aid for Venezuelans landed in Cúcuta, Colombia, on Saturday from an air base in Homestead, FL. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department coordinated the shipment.
United States President Donald Trump talks about the blocked U.S. humanitarian aid at the Venezuelan border during a political rally at the FIU-Ocean Bank Convocation Center in Miami, Florida on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.
Mark Green, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), said on Feb. 16, 2019, that getting humanitarian aid to Venezuela is an effort not just of the United States, but of the whole region.
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has a bill that would compel the Trump administration to provide a long-term humanitarian aid strategy in Venezuela and allocate $150 million for the effort, but Republicans like Mario Diaz-Balart won’t sign on to her bill.
In a display of their ability to act as a government, several Venezuelan opposition leaders traveled to Washington Thursday to share first steps of their plan to lead the country out of its humanitarian crisis, and to ask the international community for money to do it.
President Donald Trump and his Colombian counterpart -- the two Western Hemisphere leaders with the most at stake in ousting Nicolás Maduro -- huddled Wednesday at the White House to search for a way to get millions of dollars worth of humanitarian aid into Venezuela.
Marco Rubio named six top military officials who he said would receive amnesty from U.S. sanctions and immunity from Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly if they allow aid to be distributed.