On March 27, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited with the interim first lady of Venezuela, Fabiana Rosales.
The president and Rosales were the head of the conversation. Vice President Mike Pence, senior adviser Ivanka Trump, and national security adviser John Bolton were also seated at the table.
“Eighty percent of the population in Venezuela has no power. They are trying to break our morale,” Venezuela's new Interim First Lady said at the White House today. “But let me tell you that there is light, and the light is here.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 28, 2019
While the president and vice president both sang praises of Fabina and her husband, Juan Guaido, the Maduro dictatorship’s uprising in Venezuela, she described the horrific lifestyle Venezuelans have assumed since Election Day.
“Venezuela is going through a terrible crisis,” she said. “The power crisis is serious. Children are dying because they have no food. Hospitals are in darkness. This crisis is serious.”
With the death toll rising rapidly due to violent protests, the country has succumbed to lack of electric power, water, medicine and food.
According to a Fox News report, “an estimated 3 million people have fled, most to neighboring countries but thousands to the U.S. as well.” Currently, Russia and China still support Maduro while countries such as the United States, Canada and others have recognized Guaido’s presidency.
From the oval office yesterday, President Trump demanded that “Russia has to get out” in reaction to Russia sending military equipment and personnel into Venezuela three days ago. The Vice President agreed and asked for Russia to “cease all support of the Maduro regime and stand with Juan Guaido…”
The United States has been the biggest advocate for the ending of dictator Maduro’s regime along with other elected officials. In Congress, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and on the Trump 2020 Campaign team, Advisor John Pence have been strong advocates in recognizing Maduro regime must end and to accept the election results from the very beginning.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 27, 2019
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa.