Last week, Vice President Mike Pence met with Florida leadership in Doral to host an event aimed at informing the public about how the Trump administration will continue to support Juan Guaidó, interim-President of Venezuela.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio was in attendance, and he is also the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues.
On Monday, ahead of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address, Senator Rubio announced who his guest for the event will be.
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Naming Carlos Vecchio as his guest for President Trump’s address, Rubio’s office explained that “Vecchio, a Venezuelan lawyer and co-founder of the opposition party Voluntad Popular, fled Maduro’s narco-terrorist tyranny in 2014 and is currently living in exile. Following the inauguration of Provisional President Juan Guaidó, Vecchio was appointed by the National Assembly as Chargé d’affaires at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C.”
Furthermore, Senator Rubio explained that “for years, Carlos witnessed first-hand the Maduro regime’s repression and egregious human rights abuses. Since living in exile from 2014, Vecchio has been a tireless advocate for the restoration of democracy and freedom of his beloved homeland. I’m honored to host the Venezuelan Embassy’s Chargé d’affaires in the Capitol on Tuesday, and I anticipate President Trump will reemphasize his Administration’s stance against tyrannical leaders in Latin America and in support of the people of Venezuela.”
During the event on Friday with Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Rubio thanked Pence and the Trump administration for not only acknowledging Guaidó as the Provisional President of Venezuela but for also applying pressure to the Maduro regime by enacting sanctions on their state-run oil sector.
Rubio added that the Trump and Pence“deserve tremendous credit for that and for the work they’ve done.”