Republican Congressman Ted Yoho of Florida’s 3rd Congressional District told The Daily Caller News Foundation at the Republican National Convention Wednesday that Venezuela, “is basically a dictatorial, socialist state.”
Yoho, who was elected to Congress in November 2012, told TheDCNF Venezuela’s problems, “started under [President Hugo] Chavez, Maduro, President Maduro, is running it [Venezuela] further into the ground.” In Yoho’s opinion, “this is a clear example that socialism, and a dictatorship, does not work.”
The rest of Latin America should see what is happening in Venezuela and “that should be a signal for the rest of the region in the Western Hemisphere, that socialism doesn’t work, and they need to align with America,” according to Yoho, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
When asked if the U.S. should consider military intervention to end the Venezulean crisis, Yoho responded that, “I think it’s early to say that we would interdict down there. I think we need to give the people of Venezuela support. We can support them [the Venezuelan people] through diplomacy, we can support them through aid, and we can support them through military intelligence and things like that.”
“This White House is not really doing anything,” with the South American country’s dual political and economic crises. “We don’t hear anything from this White House.” Yoho believes, “there’s been a pivot away from the Western Hemisphere and our friends on the Caribbean, people in South America, away from them, in this administration.”
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