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U.S. Stands With People of Venezuela


FILE - Opposition supporters rally against President Nicolas Maduro carrying a sign that reads "Venezuela is wounded in the heart with hunger, misery, corruption and dictatorship," in Caracas, Venezuela, May 10, 2017.

The United States will continue to stand with the people of Venezuela as their country now stands on the brink of total collapse.

The United States will continue to stand with the people of Venezuela as their country now stands on the brink of total collapse.

"The socialist dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro has inflicted pain and suffering on the good people of [Venezuela]," said President Donald Trump in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly. “This corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried. To make matters worse, Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from their elected representatives to preserve his disastrous rule.”

“The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. This situation is completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch,” said President Trump.

As a responsible neighbor and friend, the goal is to help Venezuelans “regain their freedom, recover their country, and restore their democracy,” said President Trump.

The United States has imposed sanctions on the Maduro regime, and is prepared to take further action if the government persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.

President Trump urged Western Hemisphere nations to be prepared to do more help restore democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela.

“The problem in Venezuela,” said President Trump, “is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems.”

"America stands with every person living under a brutal regime," said President Trump. “Our respect for sovereignty is also a call for action. All people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests, and their wellbeing, including their prosperity.”

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