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President Donald Trump asked me to be here today to deliver a simple message to you and to the people of Venezuela. Estamos con ustedes. We are with you 100 per cent. We stand with you in America, along with all the nations gathered here today. And we will keep standing with you until democracy and your libertad are restored.
Since day one of this administration, I'm pleased to report that the United States has recognised the threat that Nicolas Maduro posed to the Venezuelan people and to nations across the region, including ours. And our administration has taken decisive action to stand with the people of Venezuela as they seek to reclaim their freedom. The United States has imposed sanctions on more than 50 top officials, as well as on Venezuela's state-owned oil company, PDVSA, to stop Maduro's cronies from enriching themselves at the expense of the Venezuelan people.