Charlie Crist, Debbie Wasserman Schultz push for democracy, peace in Venezuela
Charlie Crist and Debbie Wasserman Schultz meet with Venezuelan interim officials. Image via Twitter.

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'The Venezuelan people are in the midst of a horrific humanitarian crisis at the hands of the Maduro regime.'

U.S. Reps. Charlie Crist and Debbie Wasserman Schultz met with members of the Interim Government of Venezuela Wednesday to discuss how the U.S. could “peacefully end (the) Maduro regime and restore freedom and democracy.”

The Congress members, as a part of the Congressional Venezuela Democracy Caucus, were briefed by exiled Venezuelan leader Leopoldo López and Ambassador Carlos Vecchio on the current political and humanitarian situation in the South American country.

“The Venezuelan people are in the midst of a horrific humanitarian crisis at the hands of the Maduro regime,” Crist said in a statement. “Limited access to basic goods, violence, repression, and rampant corruption are but some of the bitter fruits of the usurper’s illegitimate rule.”

Venezuela is currently under rule by Nicolás Maduro, and, like the Trump administration, the Biden White House has harshly denounced Maduro as a socialist dictator. At the start of June, the Biden administration gave Chevron Corp. and several other American companies six more months to continue operating in Venezuela as the U.S. seeks to starve Maduro’s socialist government of badly needed oil revenue, according to the Associated Press.

“Maduro does not care about the Venezuelan people, even going so far as to seize international aid before it can get to the people who desperately need the food and medicine,” Crist said in a statement. “As a proud member of the Congressional Venezuela Democracy Caucus, I was honored to hear directly from exiled opposition leader Leopoldo López and Ambassador Vecchio about what the dictatorship means for everyday Venezuelans and the importance of the United States to lead.”

Crist, who is running for Governor in 2022, also expressed support for providing Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans in the U.S. in addition to diplomatic efforts for democracy and freedom in Venezuela. Venezuelans currently have temporary protected status through September 2022.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]


4 comments

  • Cinforoso

    June 24, 2021 at 6:31 am

    Wow. Can you imagine a world where Charlie Crist and Debbie Wasserman Schulz cared about the US?

  • Evan Miller

    June 24, 2021 at 8:21 am

    They are both liberal hacks. Neither have accomplished anything.

  • Ron Brydges

    June 24, 2021 at 11:56 am

    Unless i am not to believe the church people, labour participants and the NGO’s that were election observers from Canada and along with hundredgs of others declared that the election of Maduro as President was a fair election, i might subscribe to the falsehood froth from Wasserman and crowd. And is being a socialist an indictement?
    rb

  • Ricardo Chavira

    June 25, 2021 at 9:56 am

    How strange that they had nothing to say about Colombia, whose rightwing government is “disappearing” and murdering protestors.

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