Trump to say in speech Venezuela’s military should let humanitarian aid into country

U.S. President Donald Trump departs Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on his way to Mar-a-Lago in Florida, U.S., February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will say in a speech on Monday that Venezuela’s path toward democracy is irreversible and that Venezuelan military officials should work toward democracy or risk losing everything they have.

The White House issued points from a speech Trump was to deliver in the Miami area later in the day, said the president will say the Venezuelan military should let humanitarian aid into the country.

Trump will offer strong support for interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaido in the speech at Florida International University.

“The current path toward democracy is irreversible,” the White House said in describing Trump’s speech. “Venezuelan military officials have a clear choice – work toward democracy for their future and the future of their families, or they will lose everything they have.”

Reporting By Steve Holland

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