House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel is speaking out on the crisis in Venezuela and the Trump administration’s response. Engel blames President Nicholas Maduro for the chaos there but warned against military intervention. Engel instead highlighted the plight of refugees, calling on the US to accept more Venezuelan’s into the country to relieve the humanitarian crisis. Radio America’s Christian Whittle reports.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome news that military and police are starting to defy President Maduro and that more influential nations are recognizing Juan Guiado as the interim president. They also wade through Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s shifting explanations for the racist photo in in his medical school yearbook and Northam defying both parties by refusing to resign. And they give thumbs down to most of the Superbowl ads for being too serious and too obvious in their efforts to be woke, saving their biggest eye roll for the Washington Post.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer President Trump and other leaders in the western hemisphere for recognizing a new leader in Venezuela as the corrupt, socialist regime crumbles there. Jim unloads on the media for often being more interested in generating outrage – and more clicks – than getting a story correct. And they get a kick out of another obscure Democrat running for president and the DNC trying to plan for debates with 20 or more candidates.
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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see a key figure from the Florida high school shooting replaced in the Broward County Sheriff’s Office but are irritated the media has stopped covering Sheriff Scott Israel, who still has his job despite failing to perform his duties before and during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They also reject Democrats’ call to regulate the internet as a public utility in the wake of Facebook, Apple, and YouTube’s ban of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. And they mourn for Venezuelans as dictator Nicolas Maduro survived a botched drone assassination attempt, and they discuss regulations on drones and the potential to use them for terrorism.
President Trump reacted to at recent political moves by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro on Monday. According to Hot Air.com, Venezuela is bitterly protesting their president’s plans to scrap the country’s constitution. President Trump stated that if Maduro followed through on his plans, the U.S. would crack down on Venezuela through sanctions. The sanctions would target trade between the U.S. and Venezuela, particularly their oil trade. Many are worried for the country’s lower classes, whose suffering would likely increase if the U.S. does impose sanctions. However, the amount of corruption in the country has become increasingly intolerable to the United States and other nations in the region. ~ Sarah Schutte
Venezuelan officials are depriving citizens of much-needed medication and food by forcing U.S. non-profit groups to stop sending supplies. According to Fox News, the Venezuelan government is shutting down already over-restricted channels of aid by confiscating deliveries of essential items. Many U.S. agencies either cannot ship supplies in or even receive shipping permits at all, and some say they may stop aid altogether if something doesn’t change soon. Venezuelan politics are currently in turmoil as elections near in July, decreasing the likelihood of suppliers’ ability to continue their aid.
Greg Corombos of Radio America flies solo with Jim Geraghty off at the National Review Institute Ideas Summit. Today, Greg applauds Budget Director Mick Mulvaney for challenging conventional liberal and media wisdom on spending and climate change. He also cringes as Venezuela’s socialist government cracks down on bakeries for making unapproved goods for a starving population. And he reacts to the report in the Cal State Long Beach student newspaper that milk is racist.