U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall: U.S. must push for Venezuelan power transfer
I’m proudly standing beside President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in their goal to achieve a peaceful transition of power in Venezuela.
What we are seeing is a humanitarian crisis. The citizens of Venezuela are desperate. 2.7 million refugees have fled the country. In enacting their socialist and authoritarian agenda, the Maduro regime has sent Venezuela down an unprecedented path of economic catastrophe and disaster.
Every elected official should stand boldly with Juan Guaidó, the rightful President of Venezuela, chosen by democratically-elected leaders. We saw the rock star welcome he received when he returned home this month, and we know a vast majority of Venezuelans support his presidency.
What I still fail to understand is why radical Democrats are having such a hard time denouncing the despot Maduro. We rightfully hear a chorus of outcries every time a Republican doesn’t say the exact right thing about foreign leaders. However, when major Democratic Presidential candidates refuse to denounce Maduro for fear it will expose the flaws of socialism, the media is silent. It’s an outrage, and we must demand that our leaders show the fortitude necessary to save lives from the scourge and tyranny of socialism.
What’s different today than the past 20 years?
The opposition to Maduro has stuck together. This is partially due to their courage and determination, but also because of the firm, unwavering leadership of President Trump and the United States. While China and Russia continue to support the failing Maduro regime, the United States and her allies are standing united, encouraging the peaceful opposition to continue pursuing democracy.
Additionally, our sanctions are working. We have crippled Maduro’s oil-dependent economy, cutting off his last source of wealth. Reports have said that in the first week of sanctions, oil exports dropped 40 percent. That is a major sting to the desperate and grasping regime.
I’m grateful for the Trump administration's leadership, for setting this tone and pushing ahead, as opposed to the last administration’s policy of “strategic patience,” which is code for doing nothing.
The world agrees it’s time for Maduro to move on. The United States and her allies should remain together pushing for a peaceful transition of power and the inevitable downfall of the regime.