Vice President Mike Pence urged the dithering United Nations to “reject the failed leadership of Nicolas Maduro” and recognize Venezuela’s interim president Juan Guaido during a Wednesday address to the U.N. Security
Stopping to directly address Maduro’s ambassador, who was sitting across the table, Pence told him, “With all due respect, Mr. Ambassador, you shouldn’t be here.”
“You should return to Venezuela and tell Nicolas Maduro that his time is up. It’s time for him to go,” Pence added, as the Venezuelan ambassador shook his head in defiant disbelief.
Time’s up for Maduro
“The struggle in Venezuela is a struggle between dictatorship and democracy. Nicolas Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power, and Nicolas Maduro must go,” Pence said.
The U.S., followed by dozens of other countries, recognized Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela in January.
Pence detailed some of the aid the U.S. government was providing to the starving and oppressed Venezuelan people, and chastised Russia and China for standing in the way of the U.N. taking any sort of action to address the utter despair of the failed nation’s people.
“Up to this point, while other international bodies have acted, the United Nations and this Security Council have refused to act,” Pence said.
“But now that nations across this hemisphere have spoken, the time has come for the United Nations to recognize interim President Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela and seat his representative in this body,” he continued.
“This body should revoke the credentials of Venezuela’s representative to the United Nations, recognize interim President Juan Guaido, and seat the representative of the free Venezuelan government in this body without delay,” Pence said.
The vice president is a no-nonsense kind of guy, and his speech made it perfectly clear that there is no legitimate path forward for the Maduro regime in Venezuela.
Whether Maduro — or the reluctant U.N. — will listen is another matter entirely.