President Donald Trump will travel to Miami on Monday to discuss the continuing turbulence in Venezuela. This could encourage interim President Juan Guaidó and further pressure Nicolás Maduro to flee the country.
Trump is expected to speak at Florida International University, reaffirming his support for Guaidó and beating Socialism as a scourge, according to the White House. The President will deliver his address on the Modesto A. Maidique campus of Sweetwater University, just south of Doral, where the largest concentration of Venezuelans is in the United States.
Trump, who is expected to travel to Mar-a-Lago ahead of the Presidents' Day weekend, wants to increase pressure on Maduro to leave Venezuela and give the military leaders a chance if they disobey the Venezuelan leader and Help grant the land. The timing is crucial as Trump and the government are trying to gain momentum against Maduro.
"We have tremendous support throughout South America, around the world, for our position in Venezuela," Trump said Wednesday
during a White House meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque. "We will see a lot in the next few weeks."
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The government is investigating how they could bring millions of dollars of aid from the United States to Venezuela, which Guaidó had promised would be delivered on 23 February. The Maduro government has blocked a bridge linking the once-oil-rich nation with Colombia's humanitarian aid, which Guaidó has requested was collected along the border.
Trump's visit is a continuation of an aggressive stance against Maduro that comes with the consultation of the leaders of the Miami Congress. His appearance at the FIU took place only two weeks after Vice President Mike Pence had traveled to Doral to emphasize the support of the Trump administration for Venezuelans and Venezuelan exiles who had fled to the US.
McClatchy reporter Caitlin Ostroff contributed to this report.