A week into his tenure on Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is wading into foreign affairs, taking aim at the Maduro regime.
With the Maduro regime arresting opposition leader Juan Guaidó, Scott called out the Venezuelan government on Monday and linked it to the communist regime in Cuba.
“The atrocities we are seeing in Venezuela – from the lack of food and medicine to the denial of basic human rights – are a direct result of Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship. The brazen kidnapping of Juan Guaidó is just another in a long line of anti-Democratic acts by a regime that spits in the face of the will of the people of Venezuela. And there is no doubt that where there is violence, instability and chaos, there are the fingerprints of the Castro regime,” Scott said.
“I stand with the people of Venezuela and will always fight for freedom and democracy in Latin America,” Scott added. “I applaud the commitment of the Venezuelan National Assembly and its president, Juan Guaidó, to restore a constitutional government and a brighter future for the country. And I support President Trump and his administration’s commitment to freedom and democracy in Venezuela.”
Scott was often critical of the Maduro regime during his two terms as governor in Tallahassee. Earlier this week, three South Florida Democrats in the U.S. House–U.S. Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Donna Shalala and Debbie Wasserman Schultz–said they were bringing out bills taking aim at the Maudro regime.
Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.