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Ocasio-Cortez Refuses to Denounce Venezuelan Dictator Maduro: It’s a ‘Complex Issue’

During a press conference at the opening of her New York district office, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) did not denounce Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro and instead advocated for the United States to not intervene with the military.

“As a Democratic socialist, I’m wondering what are your thoughts on the Venezuelan crisis that’s happening now, if you would denounce the Maduro regime,” a reporter asked.

“Yeah, so I think that this is absolutely a complex issue. I think it’s important that we approach this very carefully. One, I am I’m myself, just like anyone else who is absolutely concerned with the humanitarian crises that’s happening, and I think it’s important that any solution that we have centers the Venezuelan people and centers the democracy of Venezuelan people first,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“I am very concerned about U.S. interventionism in Venezuela and I oppose it, especially when we talk about a figure like this U.S. special envoy Elliott Abrams here. I think it’s — he’s pled guilty to several crimes related to Iran-Contra and I don’t think that we should be — you know, I am generally opposed to U.S. interventionism as a principle, but particularly under this administration and under his leadership I think it’s a profound mistake,” she added.

In an interview with The Intercept, published last week, fellow freshman Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said she does not recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president.

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Julio has previously written for Independent Journal Review. He is currently a Military/Veterans Contributor for Townhall.com and serving in the Marine Corps Reserves.