GOP Senator Calls For Hearing on Venezuela Before Any Possible Military Intervention

Republican Senator Todd Young has called for a Senate hearing with Trump administration officials to discuss Venezuela before any possible military intervention can occur.

Hawks and neocons, most vocally National Security Advisor John Bolton, have been pushing for a full scale intervention in the nation, despite President Donald Trump’s campaign promises of not engaging in more regime change wars.

“The brutal Maduro Regime has caused unspeakable suffering amongst the citizens in Venezuela and I commend the brave Venezuelans who are standing up for their freedom and for their basic human rights,” he said. “However, I am concerned by reports of possible U.S. military intervention in Venezuela.”

“I am calling on the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold immediate hearings with key members of the administration next week to discuss their plans for Venezuela and to explain any plans to deploy U.S. forces to the country,” he added, according to a report from The Hill.

 

Representative Matt Gaetz has also been urging restraint.

“I’m not the only Republican urging restraint when it comes to uniformed U.S. military on the ground in Venezuela and I believe the president to be aware that there are some conservatives who hold that view,” Rep. Gaetz said in an interview with the Miami Herald.

Fox News populist commentator Tucker Carlson has also questioned the reason for the push to send troops to Venezuela.

“How, exactly, is any of this good for the United States?” Carlson asked on his show. “Our sanctions in Venezuela have already spiked our gas prices. Are we prepared to absorb millions of new Venezuelan migrants? All of them great people, no question. But many would have little education or skills or would not speak English.”

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