Trump administration to triple democracy aid to Venezuela

ABC News 1 month ago

The Trump administration is more than tripling U.S. support for pro-democracy work in Venezuela and for the first time directly funding opposition leader Juan Guaidó as he attempts to set up a government to rival the socialist administration of Nicolás Maduro.

The $52 million in new aid was to be announced Tuesday by U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green following a meeting in New York with Guaido's envoy Carlos Vecchio, who the Trump administration recognizes as Venezuela's ambassador in Washington.

The funding was mostly repurposed from humanitarian aid originally earmarked for Honduras and Guatemala that President Donald J. Trump cut last year after over what he said was the Central American countries' failure to stem the flow of migrants to the U.S.

The funding boost represents a major doubling down in U.S. support of Guaidó, who has drawn recognition as Venezuela's rightful leader by more than 50 nations. But he has been unable to translate the international support and popularity at home into real power capable of helping regular Venezuelans suffering from hyperinflation and an economic collapse akin to the destruction wrought by war.

A senior Trump administration official said the new U.S. aid package seeks to address that deficit, providing about $19 million to pay for secure communication devices, travel stipends and training in budget planning and other tools to effectively govern should they manage to force Maduro from power. The U.S. official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss details of the aid package.

The Trump administration had budgeted $9 million during the 2017 fiscal year and $15 million in 2018 to promote free press, the monitoring of human rights abuses and anti-corruption initiatives — work by civil society groups that will be greatly expanded by the additional funding.

A U.S.-backed uprising in April by a cadre of security forces failed to break the armed forces' loyalty to Maduro. The embattled socialist in recent days has gone on the offensive, announcing a deal with a small group of minority opposition parties to reshape the nation's electoral council and other reforms after talks with Guaidó sponsored by Norway broke down.

Trump, speaking at the United Nations on Tuesday, delivered a sharp warning to Venezuela, declaring that he awaited the day "when Venezuela will be free and when liberty will prevail throughout this hemisphere." He also called socialism "the wrecker of nations" and "destroyer of societies."

His call came just a day after the United States and more than a dozen Latin American countries agreed to investigate and arrest associates and senior officials of Maduro's government who are suspected of crimes such as drug trafficking, money laundering and financing terrorism.

The funding announced Tuesday for inside Venezuela is in addition to hundreds of millions of dollars already committed by the U.S. to support the more than 4 million vulnerable Venezuelans who have fled the country's crisis and migrated to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and other nations throughout Latin America.

———

Follow Goodman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APjoshgoodman .


Source link
Read also:
Fox News › Politics › 1 month ago
The White House announced Tuesday that it will more than triple its support for pro-democracy work in Venezuela and directly fund opposition leader and U.S.-recognized President Juan Guaidó, just hours after President Trump slammed disputed Venezuela...
Forbes › Finance › 9 hours ago
Venezuela is the only country in the world that is suffering from the ravages of hyperinflation. Just how severe is Venezuela’s hyperinflation? If one measures severity by the duration of hyperinflation, Venezuela’s episode, which started in...
Reuters › 2 days ago
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said the resignation of Evo Morales as Bolivia's president preserves democracy in that country and sends a signal to "illegitimate regimes" in Venezuela and Nicaragua.
RT › 1 month ago
Despite years of devastating US sanctions on Venezuela, White House officials have painted themselves in the role of savior for the country, lavishing favored political operators with millions in aid as average citizens suffer. Read Full Article at...
ABC News › 1 month ago
This file photo taken on August 21, 2019, shows an aerial view of villagers using boats to cross a flooded River Ganges as water levels in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers rise, in Allahabad.
Fox News › Politics › 1 month ago
The Trump administration Thursday imposed new sanctions on Cuba’s Communist Party leader Raul Castro due to “gross violations of human rights” as the U.S. seeks to ramp up pressure on Castro over his support of Venezuela’s socialist president...
The Sun › Sports › 1 month ago
WWE LEGENDS Triple H and Stephanie McMahon’s eldest daughter is already training to step into the family business. And she is in good company with Ronda Rousey, Natalya and Charlotte Flair all mentoring the teen, according to her iconic dad. Triple...
The New York Times › Sports › 1 month ago
Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas retained her world triple jump title on Saturday with a display which reflected her recent dominance of the event as she twice soared past 15 metres.
One America News Network › Sports › 1 month ago
By Brian Homewood DOHA (Reuters) - Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas retained her world triple jump title on Saturday with a display which reflected her recent dominance of the event as she twice soared past
RT › 1 month ago
The US has slapped over 350 unilateral sanctions on Venezuela, including weaponizing the dollar and turning the country into a testing ground for its ongoing assault on the word order, Venezuela’s VP Delcy Rodriguez told the UN. Read Full Article at...
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google
OR