Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) had the audacity to blame the United States, the country she represents, for the current crisis in Venezuela, a country currently mired in poverty and food shortages. Most observers would point to Nicolas Maduro's socialist policies for his citizens' suffering. But, Omar traced the tragedy elsewhere.
WOW: @IlhanMN says the U.S. has "helped lead the devastation in #Venezuela," and accuses the U.S. on "bullying" the Maduro regime.— John Cooper (@thejcoop) May 1, 2019
Apparently Maduro's starvation of his people and armored trucks running them over in the streets is not worthy of criticism in her eyes. pic.twitter.com/leTcRHWDVd
“A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela and we have sort of set the stage for where we are arriving today,” Omar (again, a U.S. representative) said in an interview with "Democracy Now!."
Nikki Haley, who was our ambassador to the UN from 2017 to 2018, set the record straight.
.@IlhanMN the avg Venezuelan adult has lost 24 lbs. Babies have no medicine. Families have to walk miles in the heat to get the only meal they may have that day. All bc of the corrupt Maduro regime. Your comments are so far from the truth. Cuba and Russia appreciate your support. https://t.co/o1ADtlwrtN— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) May 1, 2019
Opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who was recognized by the U.S. as Venezuela's rightful president, led his supporters in a military uprising on Monday. Maduro's regime responded with soldiers and tanks, injuring dozens of protesters. Shocking video caught one tanker running over a group of citizens. The uprising was not completely successful, but the Trump administration stands with Guaidó and his followers and say Maduro's time is up.
I am continuing to monitor the situation in Venezuela very closely. The United States stands with the People of Venezuela and their Freedom! pic.twitter.com/rtGfjQjc1u— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2019