Diaz-Balart: United States Stands Firmly with Venezuela, Recognizes President of Democratically Elected Assembly
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after Venezuelan Assembly leader Juan Guaidó, in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution, announced that he would assume the role of Venezuela’s constitutionally legitimate interim President. The United States White House shortly thereafter recognized him as the country’s legitimate leader.
“This is a significant milestone for the Venezuelan people and their pursuit for democracy. I commend the Trump administration for taking a strong stand in support of the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people by recognizing the legitimacy of Juan Guaidó as the democratically elected interim leader of Venezuela. Over the past two years, the Trump administration has imposed tough sanctions on dozens of the Maduro regime’s corrupt cronies, including those that have participated in human rights abuses, and Maduro personally. The United States has made it clear it will not tolerate Maduro’s power grab and the egregious abuses of his regime that continues to oppress the democratic aspirations of this once prosperous country. Today’s acknowledgment of new leadership, with the backing of Venezuela’s powerful opposition, is a definitive step forward. The steadfast determination of the opposition in Venezuela, the growing support of the international community, and the commitment of the United States to democracy and human rights in Venezuela have been crucial. The Maduro regime has lost all legitimacy and support from the Venezuelan people. I look forward to continue working with the administration, my colleagues, and Venezuela’s legitimate leaders toward a bright future for the Venezuelan people.”