GOP Sen. Gardner: US Applying 'Appropriate Pressure' on Maduro

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The United States is applying “appropriate pressure” against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s regime, and efforts against the socialist dictator will succeed as the coalition against him grows, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, said Tuesday.

“This is a tyrant, a leader who cares only about himself and his elite cronies, denying basic aid to his own citizens and murdering people to deny the aid,” Sen. Gardner told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” “The U.S. is leading textbook diplomacy and nations around the globe are behind our efforts.”

However, Gardner said he does not think the United States needs to revert to a military option at this time, as diplomacy is working.

“It is increasing the resolve of the people of Venezuela, increasing the resolve in people around the world who are willing to stand up and stand behind (Juan) Guaido instead of Maduro,” said Gardner. “You can see that people are starting to come together with this leadership we put together. Let’s keep the diplomacy and ramp up the sanctions.”

Gardner also commented on President Donald Trump’s upcoming summit with North Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un, saying a “roadmap to complete, verifiable denuclearization” is needed.

“If we don’t have concrete steps it’s a surrender by the United States and it’s not acceptable,” Gardner said. “Kim Jong Un is a two-bit dictator who puts his interests ahead of the people of his country. I don’t think that’s changed.”


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