Vice President Mike Pence addressed a sympathetic crowd of Venezuelans in South Florida and pledged the U.S. will use its economic and diplomatic power to push for free elections.
Pence spoke at a church in the city of Doral, the exile enclave, to a crowd of about 300. They occasionally shouted “freedom, freedom” and cheered every time the vice president spoke of President Donald Trump’s interest in Venezuela, a socialist nation that has been undergoing an economic crisis.
“Under the leadership of President Donald Trump, the United States of America will continue to bring the full measure of American economic and diplomatic power to bare until democracy is restored in Venezuela,” Pence said, threatening there were more sanctions to come against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
As other countries in Latin America have improved their economies, Venezuela has gone downhill, Pence said, calling Maduro’s presidency, a “dictatorship.”