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2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Monday night, refused to call, saying Venezuela’s controversial President Nicolás Maduro a “dictator”, “there are democratic processes to take place,” in the war-torn country.
Sanders’ comments in a CNN town hall came reports as Univision, anchor Jorge Ramos and his TV crew were in Caracas following an interview with Maduro.
Univision, said Ramos and his team were “arbitrarily detained” in the Miraflores Palace, because of the anchor, asked Maduro questions “, he didn’t like.” The network’s President of news Daniel Coronell, later confirmed that Ramos and his crew were dismissed, but that the Maduro regime seized is still their equipment and interview footage.
Sanders was asked about his opposition to U.S. intervention in Venezuela. He replied by saying that he believed it should be a “international humanitarian efforts” to improve the lives of Venezuelans, and stated that their last election was “not free and fair.” He also called the Vietnam war and his opposition to the Iraq war.
But Sanders was pressed by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer about his earlier rhetoric against Maduro. The senator swivelled quickly, to focus on President Trump.
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“Why have you stopped short Maduro of Venezuela, to call a dictator?” Blitzer asked.
“I think it’s fair to say that the last election was democratic, but there are still democratic operations take place in this country. The point is, what I call now an internationally monitored fair elections responds,” Sanders.
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“And I find it interesting that Trump is very worried about what is in Venezuela, but what about the last election that took place in Saudi Arabia? Oh, there was no choice in Saudi Arabia. Oh, women are treated like third-class citizens. So, I find it interesting that Trump kind of selective he is where concerned about the democracy. My record is concerned about democracy in the world to do so, we have, what we can, but at the end of the day, it’s gonna be the people in Venezuela, which determine the future of their country, not the United States of America.”
Sanders later Trump described as “authoritarian” for the Declaration of a national emergency, in order to obtain, funding for the wall. The President and the White house have said the border security is an urgent Problem requiring immediate solutions.