Schumer Statement On The Crisis In Venezuela

February 13, 2019

Washington,D.C. –Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the crisis in Venezuela:

For too long, the people of Venezuela have suffered a manufactured crisis at the hands of a cruel and corrupt regime. Nicolás Maduro’s effort to block the delivery of desperately needed food and medicine is despicable and should be broadly condemned by leaders across the globe.

It is time for the entire international community to come together to support Interim President Juan Guaidó and the Venezuelan people in their efforts to restore democracy. Democracies across the ideological spectrum and the leadership at the Organization of American States have sent a clear message new elections and a return to the rule of law are the only way to end Venezuela’s long nightmare.

Rather than resorting to reckless bluster, the Trump administration must ensure our closest international partners match our economic sanctions and join the effort to provide humanitarian aid.