U.S. focused on helping Venezuelans when Maduro is forced out

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 8:10 AM PT — Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The head of the U.S. Southern Command is speaking out about the crisis in Venezuela. Navy Admiral Craig Faller said the U.S. must continue to put pressure on the Maduro regime. He made the comment Monday while in Brazil, where naval forces from more than a dozen countries are participating in annual military exercises.

Faller warned against Venezuela’s weapons system, and also criticized several countries for assisting Nicolas Maduro. He particularly called out Cuba, Russia, and China.

FILE – In this July 27, 2019 file photo, Admiral Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, speaks with the news media following a commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Navy’s guided missile destroyer, the USS Paul Ignatius, at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Faller said on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 that military officials are focusing on preparing for “the day after” once “isolated” Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro leaves power. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

He said his command is looking forward to helping the people of Venezuela when Maduro is forced out.

“One of the things we’re focused on is what happens the day after we get invited in by a legitimate government (in Venezuela) to support the people, and at South Comm (U.S. Southern Command), my headquarters, we’re focused very keenly on planning for the day after,” stated Faller.

The Navy admiral will be in Rio de Janeiro this month for the maritime exercises, which aim to improve the response to cyber war threats and natural disasters.