With news that the “last phase” of “Operation Freedom” was taking effect yesterday in Venezuela, Florida Rep. Michael Waltz (R) appeared on Fox News Channel’s Harris Faulkner Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Venezuela.
Footage from Venezuela showed the violent exchange between Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro’s oppressive regime and the Venezuelan people. In turn, Waltz called for the United States and the Lima Group to provide logistical and humanitarian aid to the people of Venezuela as they continue to fight back against Maduro.
Waltz expressed that “it is time for the United States to continue to lead a humanitarian effort. But we have to do it as a coalition… If Guaido is seen as leading a coalition-led humanitarian effort and delivering for the needs of the people when Maduro has not… I think that could be the final breaking point.”
Aside from highlighting the need for the Venezuelan people to live in a country that ensures democracy and freedom for its citizens, Waltz also advocated for an amnesty deal to be provided for the remaining members of the Venezuelan military.
Waltz concluded that “they’ve seen now what socialism will do. They are moving towards the United States, but we have to seize the moment – and the moment is now.”
Juan Guaido has been acknowledged as the true President of Venezuela, and many world leaders along with U.S. lawmakers have called for Maduro to step down from office.
However, he maintains that he will not step down, and this has created a divide within American politics.
As the Democratic party experiences contention between those denouncing socialism and those espousing Democratic-socialist beliefs, many have questioned whether or not the party would be able to get behind a viable candidate in the upcoming 2020 Presidential election.
President Trump, among the first to acknowledge Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s president, has actively campaigned against socialism, declaring that the United States will never go down that political road.