The Democratic congresswoman sparked outrage after she said during an interview this week that the United States “helped lead the devastation” as Venezuela saw protests this past week amid the political tensions.
Omar said the U.S. “sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today,” before saying it was “bullying” by the U.S. to “eventually intervene and make regime change” to dictator Nicolás Maduro’s regime “does not help people in countries like Venezuela.”
Pence initially felt called to answer to the congresswoman who “chooses socialism over freedom” while reiterating the U.S. is standing with the people of Venezuela.
As Venezuelans take to the streets to stand for their freedom against an oppressive dictator, Democrat Congresswoman @IlhanMN chooses socialism over freedom. The Trump Administration stands with the freedom-loving people of Venezuela. https://t.co/UYiPLPvKl5
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 2, 2019
The vice president doubled down on why he felt “compelled” to respond to Omar’s U.S.-Venezuela comments.
He told Fox News in an exclusive interview aired on Friday that it’s “because the congresswoman doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”
“Nicolás Maduro is a socialist dictator who has taken what was once one of the most prosperous nations in this hemisphere and brought it literally to a level of deprivation and oppression and poverty that we have never seen. […] That’s not a result of U.S. policies. That’s a result of dictatorship and socialism that’s been imposed on the people of Venezuela by Nicolás Maduro.”
Pence declared that “the United States is not going to stand ideally by while the people of Venezuela suffer under oppression and dictatorship and socialism.”
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Pence wasn’t the only one swiping back at Omar, as IJR Red reported, several conservatives reacted as well.
Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Omar for being “so far from the truth.”
In an exclusive Fox News interview aired on Friday, the president said there are “lots of options” on addressing the Venezuela crisis, and in regards to military intervention, “there’s always a tipping point but certainly I’d rather not do that.”
“I just want to help the people,” Trump said.