Trump Voices Support for the ‘People of Venezuela and Their Freedom’ as Maduro Turns Violent

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country's rightful interim ruler, stands next to soldiers as they speak to the media near the Generalisimo Francisco de Miranda Airbase "La Carlota" in Caracas, Venezuela April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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President Donald Trump joined many other Republicans in expressing their support for the people of Venezuela in their attempt to crawl out from under the grasp of dictator Nicolas Maduro as demonstrations turned violent Tuesday.

Venezuela has been locked in a leadership limbo for several months since the National Assembly — the democratically elected legislative body — ruled the reelection of Maduro for president void because of his attempts to rig the election by bribing starving people for their votes.

Because the National Assembly ruled his election void, leader Juan Guaido became interim president until a new, fair election can be held. Soon after, the United States and other world leaders recognized Guaido as the leader of Venezuela despite Maduro refusing to give up power.

For several months, Venezuela remained in this leadership limbo, eventually culminating in a violent attack by Maduro’s military against protesters on Tuesday.

Since the outburst began, Maduro’s military has been firing live rounds into crowds of unarmed protesters and pulling broadcasts from the air to help cover up his violence. His atrocious treatment of his own people left many outraged.

In response to the violent chaos, Trump made it clear he stands with Guaido and the Venezuelan people.

Trump wasn’t alone in vocalizing his support. Several members of his administration joined in to condemn Maduro and urge him to stop the violence against his people and step down.

Beyond the administration, several Republican lawmakers echoed Trump’s sentiments, especially Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who has been one of Maduro’s loudest critics for years. Rubio called out the remaining leaders in Venezuela for standing blindly by Maduro’s side as his forces opened fire into the crowds.

For now, it isn’t clear what the U.S. will do in response to the violent chaos in Venezuela. National security adviser John Bolton made it clear that “all options” are on the table, including military intervention. However, he explained that Trump would like to see a “peaceful transfer of power from Maduro to Guaido.”

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TOM
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Communism at it’s finest on display in Venezuela.

William Conley
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Peaceful transition of power lol he just gave kill orders on unarmed civilians and trump hopes for a peaceful transition. This is the time to be trump talk your game and tell this son of a bitch he has a week to step down or well come and kill him, and anyone who remains loyal to him. Not captured not charged with crimes you already killed your own people for power. It’s time we sent troops in after carpet bombing every region he’s in with troops then executing him and his followers.

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