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Rubio in border visit says situation in Venezuela is "man-made disaster"

18 February 2019

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was in Cucuta, Colombia on Sunday and spoke to a crowd of onlookers at the Venezuelan border.

U.S. SENATOR, MARCO RUBIO said "What is happening here today, what is happening in Venezuela is a man-made crisis of epic proportions not caused by a natural disaster, but by a man-made one - a criminal regime that is willing to starve and kill its own people before it gives up power."

Rubio also said the only military intervention that exists today in Venezuela is a Cuban intervention. The Florida Republican was joined by U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States Carlos Trujillo, and U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart who are in this Colombian border city to view international humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela. On Saturday, a U.S. military transport plane carrying humanitarian aid landed in Cucuta. The shipment was the second arrival of large-scale U.S. and international aid for Venezuelans since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in defiance of socialist President Nicolas Maduro.