Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Condemns Yesterday’s Farce in Venezuela, Commends Additional Sanctions Against Maduro Regime

May 21, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON ­­– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after yesterday’s farce elections in Venezuela. In response, the Trump administration today issued additional sanctions against the Maduro regime. Many international organizations such as the Lima Group, the OAS, and the EU have condemned Maduro’s corruption, repression, and assaults on democratic institutions.

“Yesterday’s farce only further demonstrates just how far the Maduro regime has fallen.  The regime’s blatant power grabs, with this farcical ‘election’ as the latest example, have further isolated the regime and rallied the international community to echo the Venezuelan people’s demands for freedom.  

“The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela deepens daily, with hundreds of thousands choosing to flee rather than face the crime, destitution, and oppression at home.  Yet while the people in Venezuela starve and endure extreme medical shortages, the oil-rich Maduro regime sends oil belonging to the Venezuelan people to prop up the Maduro regime’s bosses in Havana.  He prohibits much-needed aid from entering the country to help those who are suffering.  Maduro’s cruel and self-serving actions are those of a dictator, not the actions of a leader who will face genuine accountability at the polls.

“Today’s newest sanctions discourage further liquidation of Venezuela’s assets, making it harder for the regime to steal from the Venezuelan people. The people of Venezuela deserve much more, beginning with a legitimate government that is the result of free, fair, and multiparty elections.  I commend the Trump administration for imposing tough sanctions against the Maduro regime and its cronies, and applaud the mounting voices in the international community calling for genuine elections and a restoration of basic liberties in Venezuela.”