• On Wednesday, President Trump “reinforced his support for Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaido” while “praising Latin American leaders who back him, boosting aid funding and barring members of President Nicolas Maduro’s government from entering the United States.”
  • Meeting with world leaders on the “sidelines of the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders, Trump told Latin American presidents who recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s rightful president that they were part of a historic coalition.”
  • For almost a year “they have been trying to oust Maduro, who has overseen a dramatic economic collapse and is accused of corruption, human rights violations and rigging the 2018 presidential election.”
  • An anonymous U.S. State Department official said the “meeting was part of the administration’s efforts to keep Venezuela high on the international agenda.” The official pushed “back on perceptions that the U.S. commitment to Venezuela was waning.”
  • However, “it was not clear what further options Washington had left. The opposition delegation came to the U.N. General Assembly in search of a breakthrough in its eight-month power struggle with Maduro.”
  • But, the delegation “is more focused on getting the European Union to sanction Maduro officials with assets stashed in European countries.”
  • The State Department announced “it would provide $36 million in humanitarian aid in Venezuela to go toward an underfunded U.N. program aiming at raising $223 million to serve 2.6 million people”
  • The United States’ “previous aid efforts within Venezuela have been marked by concerns Maduro would interfere with distribution.”
  • Trump said: “We’re giving millions and millions of dollars in aid, not that we want to, from the Maduro standpoint, but we have to. People are dying, they have no food, they (have) no water, they have no nothing.”
  • The Trump administration “is also providing Guaido with $52 million to fund his parallel government’s operations – much of which was diverted from money previously destined for Central American countries, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).”

Reference Links

  • Reuters: Trump bans Venezuelan officials from U.S., boosts aid in support of opposition READ
  • Bloomberg: Trump Bans Entry of Senior Venezuelan Officials, Their Families READ

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