Pence to South Florida Venezuelans: 'We will stand with you until democracy is restored'
August 23, 2017
"Vice President Mike Pence assured South Florida Venezuelans that the U.S. would use the full measure of its economic and diplomatic power to end repression in the South American country, hinting at more sanctions to punish the nation’s leaders.
"'We are with you,' he told a crowd of a few hundred at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. 'We will stand with you until democracy is restored.'
"Pence said the Trump administration has implemented three rounds of targeted sanctions against the country's regime, and there will be 'more to come.'
"He said the administration has 'many options' to punish President Nicolas Maduro's government ...
"'You may be assured,' Pence said. '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 bear until democracy is restored in Venezuela.'
"Doral is home to the largest Venezuelan community in the United States. More than 80,000 people of Venezuelan ancestry are now living in South Florida, including a large community in Weston.
"Raymond Rondon, 68, traveled from Weston to listen to Pence's speech. He visited his native country in October.
"The nation was nothing like he remembered from his youth, he said.
"'I saw kids eating out of the garbage because they were so hungry,' Rondon said."
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