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The United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley (c), on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, travels the Simón Bolívar international bridge, in Cúcuta (Colombia), during her visit to the border between Colombia and Venezuela. EFE / Schneyder Mendoza Tarazona
The United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley (c), on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, travels the Simón Bolívar international bridge, in Cúcuta (Colombia), during her visit to the border between Colombia and Venezuela. EFE / Schneyder Mendoza Tarazona

Nikki Haley criticizes the government of Nicolás Maduro in Colombia

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, visited the Colombian-Venezuelan border last week and criticized the government of Nicolás Maduro for the…

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After attending the inauguration of the new Colombian president, Iván Duque, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, immediately addressed one of the most sensitive situations in the region: the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Donald Trump’s government has promised to collaborate economically with Colombia to address the displacement of more than 1 million Venezuelans who have crossed the border, seeking refuge or food and essentials.

According to the Washington Post, Haley announced an additional $9 million relief package for Venezuelan refugees and immigrants in Colombia, which would be added to the $60 million that the Donald Trump government had already pledged to supply water, medical supplies and other needs.

From the Simón Bolívar Bridge, which connects both countries and where an estimated 2,500 Venezuelans cross every day, Haley attacked the government of Nicolás Maduro and made him directly responsible for the suffering of his people.

"These are his people, these are the people he should be feeding; these are the people he should be giving medicine to; these are the people he should be giving jobs and make sure that they have a good quality of life. But instead, he is protecting himself," Haley said.

The ambassador's comments follow the accusations of the Venezuelan leader against Colombia and the United States for an alleged drone attack against him on Saturday, August 4, which both countries have strongly rejected.

"He’s been full of excuses for years," Haley said of Maduro. "He did this by creating this chaos."

For Haley, the situation in Venezuela has been unsustainable for years and must be "dealt with" as soon as possible, which many have considered a necessary gesture to draw attention to the true magnitude of the situation in the Caribbean country.

"You look at this oil-rich country, which everyone used to look at as successful," Haley said of Venezuela's history. "And because of Chávez, because of Maduro, we have seen all of that get wiped out."

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