Senator Ted Cruz responds to the political unrest in Venezuela

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the keynote address at the Center for a Secure Free Society’s event entitled: ‘The VRIC: Tracing the roots of Venezuela, Russia, Iran & China security & intelligence cooperation.’ Last year, Sen.

Cruz secured language in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 mandating a report that describes Russia’s security cooperation with American adversaries in the Western Hemisphere including Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.

In February, Sen. Cruz sent a letter to the Trump administration with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) voicing concerns regarding Hezbollah’s growing influence in and over Venezuela.

“Today we are witnessing a long-overdue reckoning for the Maduro regime. We are glad to see opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez freed from captivity. That is something I have long called for. The regime should know that the United States will hold them accountable for their conduct in the hours and days to come, for any violence, or any atrocities in which they participate,” Sen. Ted Cruz excalimed.

This year Sen. Cruz introduced a bill that would counter the Maduro regime’s illicit trade in precious metals, which has enabled to the regime to sustain itself and its oppression of the Venezuelan people, by adding such transactions as a consideration for designations for primary money laundering concern.

“What we need to bring about Maduro’s downfall are smart, targeted sanctions aimed at the financial nexus he uses to keep his regime afloat. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, Turkey has been making large purchases of gold, almost certainly including illicit purchases from Venezuela. It is time to recognize that gold and other precious metals are a modern currency of choice for terrorists, despots, and others who have been cut off from the global financial system,” said Cruz.

Finally, Sen. Cruz urged the Venezuelan military officials and generals to stand with the people of Venezuela and the legitimate government of interim president Juan Guaidó.

Senator Ted Cruz responds to the political unrest in Venezuela