Durbin Shares Support For Venzuelan President Guaido
WASHINGTON – In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today shared his support for interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó and his constitutional role to help Venezuela return to the community of democracies, and to do so with a thoughtful and timely transition and credible election process in which the Venezuelan people can once again choose their leaders through a fair and transparent process. Yesterday, Durbin spoke at length to Guaidó on the phone and offered his support for the transition.
“He [Guaidó] knows how much the Venezuelan people have suffered, how the Maduro regime bankrupted the nation and destroyed its democracy and its economy, and how desperate the people of his country are to rejoin the community of democracies. I told him we in the United States stand ready to help, and the Venezuelan people need our help to rebuild their country’s democracy and economy and to help the millions of Venezuelan refugees safely return home,” Durbin said.
Durbin also shared his support for the Trump Administration’s pledge of $20 million of humanitarian support to Guaidó’s Administration.
Video of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate Floor are available here.
Audio of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate Floor is available here.
Last year, Durbin traveled to Venezuela where he met with then-President Nicolas Maduro, members of the opposition included Juan Guaidó, the President of the National Assembly, the Ministers of Health and Nutrition, business leaders, civil society groups, doctors, and humanitarian organizations.
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