President Trump was in Miami on Monday where he gave a speech at FIU on the crisis in Venezuela and U.S. policy towards the socialist dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro. Surrounded by Venezuelan exiles who now call South Florida home, Trump’s calls to end the socialist tyranny in Venezuela were received with raucous applause.
Much to the dismay of leftists, President Trump also declared that socialism, which has destroyed the once prosperous nation of Venezuela, was in its last days and would never take hold in the U.S. (via Fox News):
President Donald Trump, speaking in a major foreign policy address in Miami to members of the Venezuelan community, declared Monday that “a new day is coming in Latin America” and issued a stark assessment that “socialism is dying” across the world.
In a wide-ranging rebuke of socialism that seemed targeted as much at Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua as it was at congressional Democrats, Trump remarked: “We know that socialism is not about justice, it’s not about equality, it’s not about lifting up the poor — it’s about one thing only: power for the ruling class. And, the more power they get, the more they crave. They want to run health care, run transportation and finance, run energy, education, run everything. They want the power to decide who wins and who loses, who’s up and who’s down, what’s true and what’s false, and even who lives and who dies.”
Before a supportive and raucous crowd at Florida International University in Miami Trump announced, flanked by large American and Venezuelan flags, “This will never happen to us. … To those who would try to impose socialism on the United States, we again deliver a very simple message: America will never be a socialist country.”
“When Venezuela is free, and Cuba is free, and Nicaragua is free, this will become the first free hemisphere in all of human history,” Trump said.
In his speech, Trump also sent a warning to Venezuela’s military, which is still supporting the corrupt and murderous Maduro dictatorship:
Trump issued a dire warning to Venezuela’s military that if they continue to stand with Maduro, “you will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything.”
Trump added: “We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open.”
Trump urged the Venezuelan military to accept Guaido’s offer of amnesty and refrain from violence against those opposing Maduro’s government. And he praised the Venezuelan opposition, saying of the people of Venezuela, “They are turning the page on dictatorship and there will be no going back.”
Here is video of President Trump’s speech in Miami: