Pointing to disastrous history of US intervention, Sanders warns against military action in Venezuela
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday condemned the Trump administration's threats to take military action in support of right-wing coup plotters in Venezuela.
The Vermont senator joined the chorus of progressive members of Congress and advocacy groups warning that U.S. intervention would only worsen political turmoil in Venezuela—and could potentially spark an all-out civil war.
"The Trump administration is threatening a disastrous military intervention in Venezuela," Sanders tweeted. "Under our Constitution, only Congress can authorize the use of force. We must make sure the United States does not get involved in yet another war and destabilize another region."
Sanders—a 2020 presidential candidate—expanded on his opposition to military action in Venezuela during an interview on "Pod Save America," pointing to the devastating consequences of U.S. intervention throughout Latin America over the past several decades.
"Given our history of intervention in country after country in Latin America, the overthrow of [democratically elected Chilean President Salvador] Allende, the overthrow of the government of Brazil, Guatemala, other countries, the idea that we would intervene militarily in Venezuela is literally unbelievable," Sanders said. "It's beyond, you know, it's absurd."
Sanders said the United States must "do everything we can to prevent a horrific civil war in [Venezuela], not provoke one."
"I will do everything I can to see that U.S. troops do not get involved in a civil war in Venezuela," the senator said.