In an interview with PBS’s “Firing Line,” 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said the United States should not try to influence who becomes the leader in a country like Venezuela, which is suffering a humanitarian crisis and experiencing a power struggle.
Gabbard argued that leadership has to be determined by the people within that country, adding it is not the United States’ “place” to influence.
“[T]he outcome, the ultimate resolution to the situation in Venezuela or other countries who may be facing a similar situation has to be determined by the people within that country,” Gabbard said. “The United States should take a hands-off approach rather than picking sides and winners and losers. That’s not our place to do that.”
She later added that determining between Nicolas Maduro, a socialist dictator who has served since 2013, and Juan Guaido is “something for the Venezuelan people to work out.”
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