By Justine Lopez
WASHINGTON – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Monday outlined the international efforts that should be made to help Venezuela remove embattled President Nicolás Maduro from office.
“We’re there to support them for whatever they need and ask for,” Sen. Rubio said at a political panel at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.
As chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Rubio said that the actions the U.S. government has taken to support interim President Juan Guaidó are warranted, but that the scope of the political crisis is not just a two-player game between the U.S. and Venezuela. Rubio is encouraging other foreign governments to continue to put pressure on Maduro to leave office and to help the Venezuelans foster a more democratic government, criticizing socialism in the process.
“I don’t like socialism. I don’t think socialism is ever going to work,” said Rubio, a son of Cubans who migrated to the U.S. in 1956 for economic reasons before Fidel Castro took control. “The reason why democracies look chaotic and messy is because people are free enough to disagree.”
Rubio went on to say that idle governments who do not take action now may find themselves involved in a regional crisis as a result of Venezuela’s political upheaval. He cited the effects of Venezuelan mass migration inevitably putting stress on the health-care systems of neighboring countries.
No matter who intervenes in Venezuela’s political crisis, Rubio said the world should show the utmost concern for Venezuelans.
“The future belongs to the Venezuelan people.”