Both Republican and Democratic members of Congress agreeing that Dictator Nicolas Maduro’s reign of terror in Venezuela needs, some legislators like Sen. Rick Scott (R) are suggesting a military option to oust Maduro.
During a Venezuelan TPS roundtable with Speaker Nancy Pelosi in south Florida, Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) told reporters that she did not support immediate U.S. military action against the Maduro regime, but did say that all options needed to be considered.
Rep. Mucarsel-Powell said that there was significant bipartisan support against “military intervention in Iran” in the House of Representatives, adding that she believed the same sentiment existed in regards to using the military option in Venezuela,
“I think we feel the same way when it comes to Venezuela,” said Mucarsel-Powell “We need to have all our options available to us, but at this moment, I do not support immediate military intervention in Venezuela.”
Mucarsel-Powell told The Floridian that before any military option is executed, the U.S. needed to have “exhausted all option,” including pressuring Russian President Vladamir Putin.
“I don’t think we have exhausted all options, said Mucarsel-Powell “We have to put pressure on Russia. The President is very close to Vladamir Putin, we’ve seen that in the past two, three years. “
“How are we expecting to put pressure on the dictatorial regime of Maduro if Russia continues to support Maduro, and the president, President Trump, continues to have close ties with Russia. It makes absolutely no sense, so that’s not exhausting all options.”- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) and Donna Shalala (D) both echoed Mucarsel-Powell’s remark that President Trump needed to put the pressure on Russia for supporting Maduro.