Trump vows to “liberate” Venezuela

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — US President Donald Trump described Venezuela’s situation as a “tragedy of historic proportions,” saying the people of that country would eventually be free.

“Socialism has destroyed Venezuela,” Trump said during a summit meeting he held Wednesday at a New York hotel with leaders from more than 20 Latin American countries on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. He said Venezuelans were now short of food and medicine.

“We will continue to stand with the Venezuelan people every day unless they are finally freed from this terrible persecution. They will be free. This will happen.”

Trump sharply criticized his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro, stressing that the United States is doing everything it can to isolate him and his allies from power, and stressed that the reconstruction of Venezuela will not proceed unless there is a political transition in the country.

The United States is leading a camp of some 50 countries that has recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, replacing Maduro, who is backed by Russia, Iran, China, Cuba, Turkey and other countries.

The Maduro government accuses the United States of trying to stage a coup in the country, considering Guaido a puppet of the Trump administration.

Over the past year, the United States has imposed tough sanctions on the Venezuelan government, which has reflected on the situation inside the country, but its active support for the opposition has not helped Guaido gain support from the military to rely on them to overthrow Maduro.

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