Vice President Mike Pence again berated freshman Representative Ilhan Omar on Friday for blaming the issues in Venezuela on the U.S.
'The congresswoman doesn't know what she is talking about,' Pence told Fox News the day after Omar said the U.S. 'bullying' exacerbated the issues between Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido.
'Nicolas Maduro is a socialist dictator who has taken what was once one of the most prosperous nations in this hemisphere and brought it literally to a level of deprivation and oppression and poverty that we have never seen,' Pence continued. 'Nine out of 10 people in Venezuela live in poverty. Three million people have fled Venezuela. That's not a result of U.S. policies. That's a result of the dictatorship and socialism that has been imposed on the people of Venezuela by Nicolas Maduro.'
Omar told Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! that the U.S. 'bullying' in Venezuela 'helped lead the devastation' in the South American nation.
'A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela, and we sort of set the stage for where we are arriving today,' the Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota told Amy Goodman, a liberal broadcaster. 'This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change, really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly is not in the interest of the United States.'
Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News in an interview aired Friday morning that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar 'doesn't know what she's talking about' when it comes to the situation, and U.S. involvement, in Venezuela
Pnece said the issues in the South American nation are 'a result of the dictatorship and socialism that has been imposed on the people of Venezuela by Nicolas Maduro,' and not the fault of the U.S. government
Republican Senator Marco Rubio told Fox Business Thursday that Omar is 'making it up,' and claims she doesn't have an informed opinion about the situation in Venezuela because he says she doesn't follow it, just like 'most of the people in Washington'
Guiado called for a military and civilian uprising against Maduro's socialist regime on Tuesday, and since then the two sides have engaged in violent clashes.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio shared Pence's sentiments also claiming on Thursday that Omar 'doesn't know what she's talking about' when it comes to the U.S. involvement in Venezuela.
'She's making it up,' Rubio told Fox Business's Trish Regan. 'Honestly, I don't even feel like addressing the comment because it's not an informed one, it's not an intelligent one. It's silly, It's ridiculous, it's actually embarrassing.'
Rubio said that Omar doesn't follow what's going on in Venezuela enough to speak on it, emphasizing the sanctions imposed on Madruo's regime had only been implemented for two months.
'She won't find a single Venezuelan, other than those in the regime, that would even agree with [her],' Rubio said.
Pence also blasted Omar shortly after she made the comments Thursday.
'As Venezuelans take to the streets to stand for their freedom against an oppressive dictator, Democrat Congresswoman @IlhanMN chooses socialism over freedom,' Pence posted to Twitter. 'The Trump Administration stands with the freedom-loving people of Venezuela.'
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also furious when he appeared in an interview with Fox News on Thursday, calling the Congresswoman's statement 'disgusting.'
Pence also berated the freshman representative on Twitter Thursday, saying she 'chooses socialism over freedom' in claiming the American government exacerbated the violence