New Dem Rep. Omar: US shouldn't 'hand pick' leaders in Venezuela or support 'coup' attempt

New Dem Rep. Omar: US shouldn't 'hand pick' leaders in Venezuela or support 'coup' attempt
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Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIlhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' Sanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat MORE (D-Minn.) urged the Trump administration on Friday against supporting the opposition to Nicolás Maduro's government in Venezuela.

In a series of tweets, the lawmaker wrote that the U.S. should cease supporting "coup" attempts in foreign countries, noting that the declaration by Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaidó that he is the country's legitimate president was not supported by Venezuela's Supreme Court.

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"We cannot hand pick leaders for other countries on behalf of multinational corporate interests," Omar wrote. "The legislature cannot seize power from the President, and Venezuela's Supreme Court has declared their actions unconstitutional."

"If we really want to support the Venezuelan people, we can lift the economic sanctions that are inflicting suffering on innocent families, making it harder for them to access food and medicines, and deepening the economic crisis," she continued. "We should support dialogue, not a coup!"

Guaidó took an oath as interim president earlier this week amid nationwide marches in opposition to Maduro. The U.S. and many Latin American countries have recognized Guaidó's claim to the presidency, prompting Maduro to break off relations with the United States and give U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave the country. 

Omar's tweets come as other members of her party have issued statements supporting U.S. intervention in the country, including Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinOvernight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe MORE (D-Ill.), who said in this week that President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE and the U.S. had "appropriately" recognized Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president.

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Democrats call for Twitter, Facebook to take down Pelosi video posted by Trump The Memo: Sanders supporters sense victory in Iowa MORE (D-Calif.) this week challenged Durbin's support for Guaidó, stating that the U.S. should be cautious "during an internal, polarized conflict."

"With respect Senator Durbin, the US should not anoint the leader of the opposition in Venezuela during an internal, polarized conflict. Let us support Uruguay, Mexico, & the Vatican's efforts for a negotiated settlement & end sanctions that are making the hyperinflation worse," Khanna tweeted.