Miami [US]: United States President Donald Trump on Monday urged military and people of Venezuela to support the government of President Juan Guaido and allow humanitarian aid to flow into the country.
Trump also decried President Nicolas Maduro as a “Cuban puppet” who was “dramatizing the hyperinflations and shortages of food”.
Trump took to Twitter to share a video of his speech at the Florida International University in Southwest Miami Dade County where he said, “The military has blocked the US from moving tons of humanitarian aid airlifted in recent days to the Colombian border with Venezuela. The aid shipments have been meant in part to dramatize the hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine that are gripping Venezuela”
“The people are starving while the handful of socialist Mudaro regime keeps billion of dollars. He [Maduro] is the puppet in the hands of the Cuban military,” the US President said.
Trump said that the US was the first nation to recognise President Guardo as the legitimate president and presently 50 countries have accepted Guardo as the president.
The US president said, “The people of Venezuela are standing for freedom and democracy – and the United States of America is standing right by their side!”
“We are here to proclaim that a new day is coming in Latin America. In Venezuela and across the Western Hemisphere, Socialism is DYING – and liberty, prosperity, and democracy are being reborn,” he tweeted.
“I ask every member of the Maduro regime: End this nightmare of poverty, hunger and death. let your people go. Set your country free! Now is the time for all Venezuelan Patriots to act together, as one united people. Nothing could be better for the future of Venezuela!” he later tweeted.
Several nations of the world have asked President Mudaro to organise a snap election in order to end the crisis.
The economic crisis in the nation, coupled with a food shortage, has strengthened an anti-Maduro sentiment across the South American nation, with the opposition accusing Maduro of “usurping power”.
On January 24, amid the massive marches against the President, US President Donald Trump had recognised Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the Interim President of the nation.