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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 Omar Omar: 'Disappointing' that we're 'sending money to less people than the Trump administration' House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade 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 DurbinDick DurbinSenate approves sweeping coronavirus measure in partisan vote Senate rejects Cruz effort to block stimulus checks for undocumented immigrants Senate inches toward COVID-19 vote after marathon session MORE (D-Ill.), who said in this week that President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE and the U.S. had "appropriately" recognized Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president.

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaTexas power grid CEO fired in wake of massive storm outages How to create the next 10 great American tech clusters OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior reverses Trump policy that it says restricted science | Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination | Republicans press Biden environment nominee on Obama-era policy 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.