Rubio tells Haiti to defend democracy in OAS Venezuela vote | Miami Herald

The vote would even affect the assistance that Washington provides to El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, he added.“This is not a threat, but it is the reality,” said Rubio, one of the architects of U.S. laws that already sanction Venezuela’s chavista government because of the corruption and human rights violations in the oil-producing country.“We have a very difficult situation in Washington, where massive cuts in foreign aid are under consideration,” the senator said. “And it will be very difficult for us to justify assistance to those countries if they, at the end of the day, are countries that do not cooperate in the defense of democracy in the region.”Rubio said he was surprised that some countries in the region had not yet decided how to vote this week at the OAS, despite a hard-hitting report by Secretary General Luis Almagro that details how the regime of President Nicolas Maduro has become a dictatorship, led by drug traffickers, that regularly breaks all sections of the organization’s Inter-American Democratic Charter.

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