FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2019
REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT PENCE
IN MEETING WITH THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF
CITGO EXECUTIVES CURRENTLY DETAINED BY THE
MADURO REGIME IN VENEZUELA
Vice President's Ceremonial Office
Q- Will the U.S. take any (inaudible) actions to help (inaudible)? [Bold Added]
THE VICE PRESIDENT: The United States is going to continue to take strong action not only to isolate Venezuela, but also we're looking at strong action against Cuba, which continues to provide personnel and support to the dictatorship in Venezuela and enables the oppression of the people of Venezuela.
At this point, this President is looking at a broad range of options. There's a great deal more we can do, and we're prepared to do it. But we call today on the regime to immediately release these five Americans and one legal permanent resident. They're being held illegally. But this regime should release all political prisoners. But to accomplish that, the rule of law has to be restored, democracy has to be restored, and Nicolás Maduro must go. It's time for a new day for Venezuela.