During a speech in Miami on Monday, first lady Melania Trump encouraged Venezuelans that have fled their country’s destroyed economy.
The first lady’s short speech highlighted the fact that President Donald Trump is ready to support the people of Venezuela who are fighting for a better form of government.
“It is wonderful to be here today in the beautiful city of Miami,” Trump said. “The president and I are honored to stand with all of you as we together we support the people, the great people of Venezuela.”
Trump knows from personal experience the effects of socialism after growing up in Slovenia, which was, at the time, known as the Socialist Republic of Slovenia. She lived in a small town before she left to start her modeling career and her parents also left and recently became U.S. citizens.
She encouraged the people attending the event and explained how grateful she is to be in the position of first lady.
“I am proud to be here with you in the United States of America as your first lady. Many of you in the room know what it feels like to be blessed with freedom after living under the oppression of socialism and communism,” Trump said.
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As IJR previously reported, Juan Guaido has been recognized by the United States as the interim president in place of President Nicolas Maduro. This has become one of the most drastic pushes for change under the socialist regime that has been in power for years.
Trump admonished the crowd not to give up hope and to keep fighting for freedom.
“In Venezuela, the people are on the brink of reclaiming their own liberty,” Trump said. “Today, we must let the Venezuelan people hear us all with one, united voice. There is hope, we are free, and we pray together loudly and proudly that soon the people of Venezuela will be free as well.”