Trumps Venezuela policy scores in Florida

Mar 2012
New Hampshire
Vice President Mike Pence and top Florida Republicans plan to rally Friday in Miami to support Venezuela’s new interim president and highlight the Trump administration’s aggressive approach to the ongoing political crisis.

Between ongoing strife in Nicaragua under Daniel Ortega and the unrest in Venezuela under dictator Nicolás Maduro — which has also led totroubles in neighboring Colombia — Republicans see a window to send a hardcore anti-socialist message — one that, some say, helped the GOP win just enough of the overall Hispanic vote in November’s midterm elections to keep Florida’s governorship in Republican hands and take a Senate seat from the Democrats.

In Florida, Trump’s decision was cheered by Republicans as well as Democrats. But some Florida Democrats fret that Trump could politically benefit both from the policy.

“It’s been very frustrating,” said Miami state Sen. Annette Taddeo, a Colombia-born Democrat who represents a 70 percent Hispanic district and advocated two weeks ago that the Trump administration declare Maduro an illegitimate leader and recognize Guaidó.

“Trump is doing the right thing, and I’m not going to criticize Trump for doing the right thing because you lose credibility,” she said. Florida is won by tiny margins,” said Taddeo, who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2014. “If they can get enough margins with Venezuelans, with Colombians, with Nicaraguans, that’s how you get the 1 percent that you need. And Republicans are smart about playing the margins. We are not.”

Trump Venezuela policy scores in Florida