U.S. President Donald Trump said on September 24 that Venezuela’s disputed president is “a Cuban puppet,” adding that the Caribbean government only takes advantage of Venezuelan oil wealth to stay in power.
Before world leaders, who heard his speech at the 74th United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly in New York, Trump said that socialism was “the wrecker of nations and destroyer of societies.”
“We are watching the Venezuela situation very closely,” Trump said. “The dictator Maduro is a Cuban puppet, protected by Cuban bodyguards, hiding from his own people, while Cuba plunders Venezuela’s oil wealth to sustain its own corrupt, communist rule,” he said.
“We await the day when democracy will be restored, when Venezuela will be free, and when liberty will prevail throughout this hemisphere,” Trump said.
Trump added that his government was committed to supporting the people that live under “brutal oppression,” referring to the people of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
He mentioned the report issued by U.N. High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, which refers to the Venezuelan food crisis and political prisoners. “Modern-day death squads are carrying out thousands of extrajudicial killings,” said Trump.
The U.S. head of State alluded to the coalition of more than 50 countries that he leads in support of Interim President Juan Guaidó.
“To the Venezuelans trapped in this nightmare, please know that all of America is united behind you,” he said.
The United States, he said, has humanitarian assistance ready to be delivered to Venezuelans.
Trump told world leaders that “one of the most serious challenges our countries face is the specter of socialism.”
He added that “events in Venezuela remind us all that socialism and communism are not about justice, they are not about equality […], and they are certainly not about the good of the nation.”