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 OmarSanders 'very concerned about what appears to be a coup' in Bolivia Overnight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Ilhan Omar blasts Pete King as an 'Islamophobe' after he announces retirement: 'Good riddance' 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 DurbinFive things to watch at Supreme Court's DACA hearings Trump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition Senate fight derails bipartisan drug pricing bills MORE (D-Ill.), who said in this week that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators warn against Trump firing intelligence community official Appropriators agree to Dec. 20 funding deadline House Democrats circulate memo rebutting GOP impeachment defense MORE and the U.S. had "appropriately" recognized Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president.

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaOvernight Health Care: CDC links vitamin E oil to vaping illnesses | White House calls Pelosi drug price plan 'unworkable' | Dem offers bill for state-based 'Medicare for All' Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability Progressive House Democrat unveils bill to allow state-based 'Medicare for All' 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.