Omar: U.S. “helped lead the devastation in Venezuela”

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Minnesota rep. Ilhan Omar (D), a lawmaker who doesn’t shy away from controversy, now finds herself facing criticism for comments regarding Venezuela.

This week, on PBS’s “Democracy Now!,” the freshman lawmaker argued that “a lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela, and we’ve sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today.”

Omar also added that “this particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States.”