What is next for US-Venezuela policy? A conversation with Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL)

What is next for US-Venezuela policy? A conversation with Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL)

Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Italics are my notes: Try not to roll your eyes too much, at the lies & propaganda, in this presentation. At 24 minutes in, the Q&A starts, where Senator Scott really lays it on thick! In fact, Task & Purpose, written by Veterans, said he was acting like the “Florida Man!”

Quick note* Everyone assumes that the Chavistas wouldn’t be able to defend themselves because they can’t own guns. What they don’t know, is that they have a militia of private citizens.

Links refuting some of the things that he said:

Colombia has their own problems with drugs and lawlessness!

The legitimacy of the elections can be shown here, here, and here.

When “Obama cut the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding by 25 percent,” almost one million US households were no longer receiving heating assistance, so Chavez sent free gas through CITGO: (Video)

Venezuela donates free heating oil to 100K U.S. Households

Venezuelans Find Temporary Lifeline At Colombia’s First Border Tent Camp

U.S. Sanctions are responsible for 40,000 deaths between 2017-2018

Sanctions of Mass Destruction

How Much of Venezuela’s Crisis is Really Maduro’s fault?

Event Summary

Or read below:

On April 11, AEI hosted Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) for a conversation on the US response to the Venezuelan crisis and the efforts to restore democracy and the rule of law to the country.

In his comments, Sen. Scott emphasized that the United States should stand for freedom and democracy in Latin America. Recognizing that Venezuelans suffer from widespread shortages of food and medicine, he suggested that the US should consider the use of military assets to deliver humanitarian aid.

Sen. Scott raised concerns over the growing Russian presence in the Western Hemisphere, particularly Russia’s support for Venezuela. He also spoke about Venezuelan narcotrafficking and the importance of working with the region to adopt sanctions against the Venezuelan regime.

In the Q&A portion, Sen. Scott discussed the need to confront Cuba over its malign influence in the region and its active role in the destruction of democracy in Venezuela. He also highlighted the need to change the global perception of Cuba to reflect the reality of its dangerous activities throughout Latin America.

— Andrés Martínez-Fernández

Event Description

Venezuela is in crisis. More than 94 percent of Venezuelans live in poverty and face widespread power outages, food scarcity, and medicine shortages. Venezuelan narco-dictator Nicolás Maduro continues to block efforts by the international community and interim President Juan Guaidó to restore stability and democracy. At the same time, US-led efforts to dislodge the illegitimate Maduro regime through economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure have yet to yield success.

Join AEI for a conversation with Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) on the Venezuelan crisis, how it affects US interests, and what the United States and the world should do about it.

 Join the conversation on social media with @AEI on Twitter and Facebook.

8:30 AM

Introduction: Roger F. Noriega, AEI

8:35 AM

Opening remarks: Rick Scott, US Senate (R-FL)

8:55 AM

Discussion: Roger F. Noriega (AEI), Rick Scott, US Senate (R-FL)

9:15 AM


9:30 AM


Event Contact Information

For more information, please contact Andrés Martínez-Fernández at Andres.Martinez@aei.org, 202.862.5823.

Media Contact Information

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Speaker Biographies

Roger F. Noriega is a visiting fellow at AEI and coordinates AEI’s program on Latin America. He has more than two decades of US public policy experience focusing on political, economic, and security conditions in the Western Hemisphere. Amb. Noriega is also the founder and managing director of Visión Américas LLC, which advises US and foreign clients on international business issues. He served as the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs from July 2003 to October 2005 and as the US ambassador to the Organization of American States from August 2001 to July 2003.

Rick Scott, AKA Florida Man, was elected to the US Senate in 2018 and is serving his first term representing the state of Florida. Before his election to the US Senate, he served two terms as the 45th governor of Florida. During his term as governor, he successfully championed more than $10 billion in tax cuts and cut thousands of burdensome regulations that led Florida businesses to create nearly 1.7 million new jobs. Under his leadership, the unemployment rate dropped from 11 percent to 3.3 percent, Florida paid down $10 billion in state debt, and record investments were made in education, the environment, and public safety. Previously, Sen. Scott served active duty in the Navy as a radar man aboard the USS Glover. He used the G.I. Bill to attend the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and eventually opened his first business — a donut shop. He went on to run the world’s largest health care company.

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