Rubio in Colombia to push for delivery of humanitarian aid to Venezuela

Rubio in Colombia to push for delivery of humanitarian aid to Venezuela
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate Dems petition Saudi king to release dissidents, US citizen Dem senator wants Trump to extend immigration protections to Venezuelans Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump MORE (R-Fla.) arrived Sunday in Colombia to meet with officials as humanitarian aid intended Venezuela arrived in the neighboring South American country.

Rubio's trip came days after the Pentagon said an initial shipment of supplies meant to aid Venezuelan migrants was delivered to Colombia. The senator said another shipment is set to arrive on Sunday.

"Today another huge delivery of humanitarian aid for #Venezuela will arrive," Rubio tweeted.

"I will be meeting with officials leading the effort to store this at the border & prepare it for delivery to the suffering people of #Venezuela."

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE and Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez spoke last week about the need for aid to enter Venezuela, which is in the midst of a humanitarian and economic crisis.

"We have to ensure that the humanitarian aid gets to the Venezuelan people," Duque said Wednesday during a visit to the White House. "And Colombia is highly committed to receive humanitarian aid from the U.S. and other countries so that it can access Venezuela and help the Venezuelan people."

The first delivery included food, hygiene kits and medical supplies. A Pentagon spokesman said Venezuela's interim president, Juan Guaidó, made a request for assistance.

A host of nations, led by the U.S., recognized Guaidó last month as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, ratcheting up pressure on Nicolas Maduro to step aside.

The Trump administration has imposed numerous sanctions on Venezuelan businesses and those close to Maduro in recent months as the country's humanitarian and economic crises worsen. The U.S. and several other nations declared Maduro's recent re-election and subsequent inauguration illegitimate.