The Republican candidate and former President of the United States, Donald Trump, held a political rally in North Carolina on Saturday, where he delivered some concise yet highly controversial statements regarding the crisis in Venezuela.

A viral clip circulating on social networks captured Trump’s remarks, in which he asserted, “When I left office, Venezuela was on the verge of collapse. We could have intervened and seized all of its oil reserves.”

Furthermore, Trump lamented that the current situation involves purchasing oil from the dictator, which only serves to enrich him. It was evident that he was making a direct reference to Nicolás Maduro.

The Republican presidential candidate, and former US President, Donald Trump, addressed the audience during the annual state convention of the North Carolina Republican Party. This appearance occurred merely two days after Trump made history as the first former US president to face federal charges.

Amidst fervent support from his followers, the former president emphasized the urgent need for change, as he expressed concerns about the state of the nation, stating, “We must initiate a transformation, as our country is perilously close to irreversible damage. I remember when I campaigned, warning that we risked becoming Venezuela on a catastrophic scale. Regrettably, our nation is teetering on the edge of disaster.”

In January 2019, the Trump administration recognized Juan Guaidó as the legitimate interim president, a decision supported by the National Assembly, which had disavowed Maduro due to the irregularities in the preceding year’s elections.

Additionally, Trump implemented a stringent policy against the prominent figures of Chavismo, systematically imposing sanctions on each of them through the Treasury Department.

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