U.S. Announces $52M In New Aid To Venezuela For Pro-Democracy Work; Funding Mostly Repurposed From Aid Originally Earmarked For Northern Triangle Countries

Associated Press: Trump administration to triple democracy aid to Venezuela
“The Trump administration is more than tripling U.S. support for pro-democracy work in Venezuela and for the first time directly funding opposition leader Juan Guaidó as he attempts to set up a government to rival the socialist administration of Nicolás Maduro. The $52 million in new aid was announced Tuesday by Mark Green, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, following a meeting in New York with Guaidó’s envoy Carlos Vecchio, whom the Trump administration recognizes as Venezuela’s ambassador in Washington. The funding was mostly repurposed from aid originally earmarked for Honduras and Guatemala that President Donald Trump cut last year after accusing the Central American countries of failing to stem the flow of migrants to the U.S…” (Goodman, 9/24).