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Scott: Need to ‘consider’ using military to get aid to Venezuela

Stefani Reynolds

Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R) said Sunday that the U.S. needs to “consider” using military force to get aid into Venezuela.

“I think we’ve got to take seriously there is genocide going on in Venezuela right now. [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro is intentionally starving his citizens,” Scott said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“We’ve got to really consider whether we do military help getting this aid in to save the starving people in Venezuela,” he added. “I mean this is genocide, and Maduro is doing it.”

{mosads}The Trump administration, which has been ratcheting up pressure on Maduro, earlier this year became the first country to recognize National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó as the interim president of the country. Many other countries and international organizations have followed the U.S.’s lead.

The administration has also increased its sanctions against Venezuela and has refused to rule out military intervention into the country, saying that all options are on the table.

Maduro has said the aid is politically motivated and essentially foreign intervention and several international groups have refused to participate in Venezuela.

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