Published: Tue, February 19, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

US aid lands in Colombia in effort to deliver supplies to Venezuela

US aid lands in Colombia in effort to deliver supplies to Venezuela

Earlier in the day Venezuelan opposition leader, self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido called for pro-Maduro military to choose "the side of the constitution", giving the "gentlemen from the Armed Forces" seven days, i.e. until 23 February, when "humanitarian aid", coordinated by Guaido, is expected to reach Venezuela. Maduro is inviting a USA special envoy to come to Venezuela after revealing during the interview that his foreign minister recently held secret meetings with the US official in NY.

Maduro also cited the continued support of China and especially Russian Federation, which has been a major supplier of loans, weapons and oil investment over the years.

Abrams' appointment as special envoy last month signalled the Trump administration's determination to take a tougher line on Venezuela.

His comments came hours after British billionaire Richard Branson announced in a video that he'll be hosting a concert in the Colombian border town of Cucuta in hopes of raising $100 million to buy humanitarian supplies for Venezuelans.

"The United States knows where military officials and their families have money hidden throughout the world", Sanders said in her preview of Trump's speech. When asked whether aid could be moved in by boat, Olive did not directly answer the question, but said USAID is "looking at scenarios of flying things in as the situation permits".

Guaido repeated his call on Venezuela's military - whose support for Maduro has been crucial in the growing crisis - to stand aside and let the aid pass.

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Trump says he is asking every member of the Maduro regime to end this "nightmare" of poverty and death.

The United States stepped up efforts to corner Maduro last week by imposing sanctions against Venezuelan oil so its proceeds can only go to accounts controlled by Guaido. Speaking in the presidential battleground state, Trump also sought to draw a contrast with the policies of progressive Democrats, which he brands as "socialist", as he gears up for re-election.

In particular, Trump reportedly pointed to what he considered past cases of "successful gunboat diplomacy" in the region, such as the invasions of Panama and Grenada in the 1980s, AP reported, citing a United States official. Set your country free!

Guaido addressed the crowd in a pre-recorded video released by the White House and thanked Trump and the state of Florida for their support.

In a sign that the Trump administration may be trying to split the men from Maduro, the Treasury Department noted in its statement that "U.S. sanctions need not be permanent; sanctions are meant to bring about a positive change of behavior".

Congress has approved a border security deal that would avert a second government closure but a new confrontation has been ignited by President Trump's plan to declare a national emergency to obtain billions for his wall on the Mexican border. In 2017, one aid agency said more than 11 percent of children under age 5 were suffering from moderate to severe malnutrition.

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