Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Florida Sen. Rick Scott calls for U.S. military intervention in Venezuela

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 6:08 PM

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On Tuesday, Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott called for the U.S. military to directly join self-proclaimed Venezuelan interim President Juan Guiaidó's uprising against the Nicolas Maduro regime.

"President Trump should immediately position American military assets to be ready to deliver aid to the people and defend freedom and democracy as well as U.S. national security interests in our hemisphere," Scott said in a statement. "The time for talking is over. It's time for action."

For weeks, Scott has been one of Congress' leading proponents of Maduro's ouster. He was joined by fellow Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday, as Rubio livened up his calls for a potential military coup in Venezuela, though Rubio claims it's most definitely not a coup attempt.

Coup attempt or not a coup attempt (potayto, potahto), Scott tweeted earlier today that he had spoken with White House National Security advisor John Bolton.

"Today, the people of Venezuela are rising up against the brutal regime of Nicolas Maduro," Scott says in the statement. "I've already called on the Venezuelan military to stand up for freedom and democracy in Venezuela and support Juan Guaidó. Guaidó and the people of Venezuela have taken this critical step. We cannot abandon them. Inaction is not an option."

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