Trump Steps Up and Delivers a Line About Socialism at UN that Makes the Crowd Gasp
Things got awfully quiet at the United Nations yesterday when President Donal Trump stepped up to the microphone and, amungst other notable things, took aim at Venezuela.
President Donald Trump: The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. (long pause) From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever socialism or communism has been adopted it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.
An awkward response to Trump from the UN as he denounces socialism. pic.twitter.com/7fBdmFacVb
— Mashable News (@MashableNews) September 19, 2017
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro fired back from Caracas (He did not attend the UN General Assembly) saying that Trump was “the new Hitler”. He went on to accuse President Trump of threatening to assassinate him, an obvious lie that he hoped would generate sympathy for him domestically.
If Maduro “persists on a path to impose authoritarian rule” Trump vowed to increase economic sanctions that the United States hit Venezuela with in August.
Interestingly, he did not repeat any threat of military action as a means of pressuring Venezuela. Many Latin American Leaders have told Trump they could not support such an effort.
“The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. This situation is completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch,” Trump said. “I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis.”