Rep. Bass statement on withdrawal of U.S. diplomats from Venezuela

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WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, issued the following statement after it was announced late Monday that the United States is pulling the remaining staff from its embassy in Venezuela:

Protestors in the streets of Caracas, Venezuela (YouTube)

“The situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate. Our focus should be on supporting Venezuelan and regional efforts to bring about a peaceful solution to this crisis by providing humanitarian aid to Venezuelan migrants throughout Latin America. Unauthorized United States military intervention in Venezuela would contribute to deepening political divisions, increased insecurity, and ultimately decrease the likelihood of a peaceful solution to the crisis. The upside is of this withdrawal is that now it cannot be used as an excuse for intervention. The United States has a significant history in Latin America and we must learn from the past and avoid misguided desires to intervene militarily.”

Rep. Bass is an original cosponsor of legislation prohibiting unauthorized U.S. military force in Venezuela.

Top photo of Venezuelan police and protestors is a YouTube screenshot