Scheduled to begin at 4:30 pm
In an address to Miami’s Venezuelan-American community Monday, President Donald Trump will say forces loyal to Caracas leader Nicolas Maduro have two choices — pursue democracy or lose everything they have.
Trump is scheduled to speak at Miami’s Florida International University at about 4:30 p.m. EST in an invitation-only event coordinated by the White House. The president spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, about 65 miles north of Miami.
Bloomberg reported the Presidents’ Day speech at Florida International University will be a warning to Maduro’s regime to step down, and a rallying cry for exiled Venezuelans living in the United States.
In Florida, an estimated 36,000 people identify as Venezuelan and the majority live in the Miami area. They could comprise a critical voting bloc in the swing state in 2020.
Elliott Abrams, the U.S. envoy to Venezuela, told Congress this month “the current political and economic environment is unsustainable and [Maduro] will not be able to weather it much longer.” The position, in large part, is due to U.S. sanctions against state-owned oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela SA. The U.S. Treasury said it would consider lifting sanctions if steps are taken to “restore democratic order.”