Freshman Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) will not recognize Venezuelan politician Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim president, defying consensus among leaders in the United States and most Western democracies.
Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis reports:
The Democrat refused to endorse Guaidó and even came out against the opposition leader in an interview published on Thursday, where she went on float the far-left conspiracy theory that the U.S. government is sending humanitarian aid to Venezuela “in the guise of eventually invading this country.”
“Well the constitution of Venezuela says that there needs to be an election called within 30 days and we’re waiting for that to happen,” Omar said during an interview with the Intercept.
“What we should be involved in is having diplomatic conversations and bringing people to the table and being a partner in facilitating that. But we are threatening, we are threatening intervention. We’re sending humanitarian aid that is in the guise of, you know, eventually invading this country and the people of the country don’t want us there,” she added.
The host of the podcast then asked whether Omar shares the view of her fellow Democrats and Western governments that Guaidó is the current leader of the country.
“Absolutely not,” Omar definitively stated.
Omar has faced widespread criticism for her perceived resistance to vocally oppose the socialist regime of Nicolás Maduro, whose rule has produced a country torn apart by dire poverty and civil strife.
She has previously accused – without evidence – President Trump of backing a “coup” in Venezuela, despite all indications that the deeply unpopular Maduro won re-election fraudulently.