Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, while in attendance at a UN Security Council Special Session on Venezuela, issued a fiery statement to the Ambassador of the Maduro regime; “You shouldn’t be here, you should return to Venezuela and tell Nicolas Maduro, that his time is up.”
The fiery exchange of words, came after the Vice President brought into focus; the “responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.” Pence then quoted President Truman telling Congress in 1947 of the U.N., “The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.”
Pence further described the situation in Venezuela;
“For six long years, the people of Venezuela have suffered under the heavy hand of oppression. The Maduro regime’s socialist policies have shrunk their economy by nearly half. In what was once one of the wealthiest countries in our hemisphere, 9 out of 10 people now live in poverty. The average Venezuelan has lost more than 20 pounds through deprivation and malnutrition. Thousands of Venezuelan children are starving. And at this very hour, infants in hospitals across Venezuela are dying for lack of basic medical care.
And the Maduro regime, in the midst of this deprivation and suffering, has used violence and intimidation against anyone who opposes their actions. In the last three months, the regime has thrown at least 1,255 people into jail, without any due process of law, and killed at least 40 protestors. That’s the nature of the regime that we’re dealing with.”
In response to the crisis in Venezuela, the United States has issued hundreds of millions of dollars worth of humanitarian aid, some of which the Maduro regime has blocked, moreover, the Maduro regime has set up blockades to refuse entry any assistance, claiming that the United States is attempting a coup.
Further, in response to the crisis, both China and Russia have made known their stance on the matter, by dispatching troops and supplies to the Maduro regime. However, as of late, both Iran and Cuba have followed the two superpowers to support the Socialist regime.
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said on April 10th, 2019, while at a Congressional Hearing; “I don’t think there is any doubt that…the Maduro regime presents a threat to the United States of America.” Pompeo later added that the Maduro regime “is clearly…a true threat to the United States.”
In addition to the Vice President and Secretary of State’s comments, Florida Senator Rick Scott is rather concerned that both Russia and China could ‘hit Florida’ from Venezuela; “We’re going to have a problem whether we want to acknowledge it or not,” Florida Sen. Rick Scott said on stage at the American Enterprise Institute. “Once they have the foothold in Venezuela, they can come here by land eventually. Our southern border is very porous, as we know. With the right military assets, they can hit Florida or any place else.”
According to experts, China is the US’s gravest concern in the region. U.S. Southern Command chief Navy Admiral Craig Faller said regarding the matter; “I think the biggest threat to democracy and the way of life around the world is the trend that we see in China,” Faller told Foreign Policy on Monday, later adding that “there is no other actor in Latin America, with the possible exception of the Cubans, who as much controls the fate of Nicolás Maduro and his henchman as China does.”
In addition to those comments by Faller, Vice President Mike Pence said at a conference earlier in the week that China poses a more significant threat to the U.S.-led NATO Western Military Alliance than Russia.