Breaking news out of D.C. right now where Vice President Mike Pence posted a video urging the people of Venezuela to “rally around opposition leader” Juan Guaido, President of the National Assembly:
*U.S. VP PENCE URGES VENEZUELA TO RALLY AROUND OPPOSITION LEADER
— Alberto Bernal (@AlbertoBernalLe) January 22, 2019
As the good people of Venezuela make your voices heard tomorrow, on behalf of the American people, we say: estamos con ustedes. We are with you. We stand with you, and we will stay with you until Democracy is restored and you reclaim your birthright of Libertad. pic.twitter.com/ThzIAqBoRn
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 22, 2019
This comes amidst reports that Venezuelan soldiers are starting to defect:
#Venezuela ??: a group of Venezuelan soldiers defected from the #Maduro regime and fled across the border towards #Colombia from where they called for a renewed uprising this morning. Cracks are beginning to appear in the armed forces…
— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) January 22, 2019
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) tweeted that he will ask President Trump to add Venezuela to the “list of state sponsors of terror”:
I’ll be meeting with the President today on the atrocities caused by Maduro and his gang of thugs in Venezuela.
As governor, I championed legislation to go after Maduro and today I am asking the President to add Venezuela to the list of state sponsors of terror.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) January 22, 2019
According to this report from Axios’ Jonathan Swan, Sen. Marco Rubio is expected at the meeting as well:
Per two sources familiar: some members of the Florida delegation are heading to the White House today to discuss the situation in Venezuela. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio among those going, these sources say.
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) January 22, 2019
How's Venezuela doing? Obama bro solicits questions to ask Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on his podcast https://t.co/qqqhUUVL5r
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 3, 2018
Socialist paradise Venezuela plans ingenious scheme to cut inflation https://t.co/R59qqxFzbJ
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 26, 2018