Venezuela to distribute food to poor Colombians amid aid tension
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 19, 2019,
Feb 19, 2019, 0:27
He also said the organization of American states and the Colombian government - along with the USA - stand together with the people of Venezuela.
Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart arrived in Colombia on Sunday to visit the Venezuelan border to make sure humanitarian aid gets to people fleeing economic and political unrest in the crisis-worn country.
Venezuela has expelled five visiting European lawmakers, an act opposition leader Juan Guaido branded "irrational" as his showdown with President Nicolas Maduro over the arrival of worldwide aid intensifies.
While Trump has refused to rule out a US military intervention in Venezuela, Congressman Eliot Engel, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said during a congressional hearing last week that lawmakers would not support such a move.
She adds Trump will state that the US 'knows where military officials and their families have money hidden throughout the world'.
Maduro, who has the backing of Russian Federation and China, has told the military, which remains loyal to him, not to let any convoys of aid cross into Venezuela.
Trump will also urge Venezuelan military forces to follow Guaido and allow humanitarian aid to enter the country, and that US officials know where they have hidden their money throughout the world.
Venezuela suffers from shortages of food medicine and other daily necessities and also has the worst inflation rate in the world.
"Venezuela is preparing for the humanitarian avalanche", Mr Guaido told about 4,000 supporters clad in white T-shirts and green scarves who gathered Saturday to sign up as volunteers. Maduro, who retains the backing of Russian Federation and China, says he is the victim of a coup. South Florida is home to more than 100,000 Venezuelans and Venezuelan-Americans, the largest concentration in the country.
Trump is also looking to draw a contrast with the policies of progressive Democrats, which he brands as 'socialist, ' as he gears up for re-election.
Earlier the White House said Trump would use the speech to warn of 'the dangers of socialism'. The president spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, about 65 miles north of Miami.