UPDATED 9:46 AM PT — Wednesday, March 27, 2019
While meeting with interim Venezuelan First Lady Fabiana Rosales at the White House, President Trump stressed Russia has to get out of Venezuela. The president spoke with Rosales Wednesday in the Oval Office, where he said all options are open regarding getting Russian troops out of the nation.
He also commended interim President Juan Guaido as a “tremendous man” and reaffirmed his administration is with the Venezuelan people. The president suggested progress is being made in the country and pointed out Rosales “has been through a lot” in her and her husband’s efforts against the Maduro regime.
Rosales’ outfits may often be casual, but her point of bringing change to a country currently in the grip of political crisis is very serious. 26-year-old Fabiana Rosales has recently taken over the role of international ambassador for Venezuela’s opposition, making several appearances this week to drum up support for her husband’s campaign.
While Juan Guaido is busy handling domestic affairs, Rosales is assuring crowds that the opposition is making progress. As many as 50 countries already recognize him as Venezuela’s rightful leader and as an extension Rosales has become a household name.
Opponents of the opposition, however, view her recent tour as a desperate attempt to keep Guaido in the international spotlight.
“Look, I am the wife of president Juan Guaido and I will accompany him on whatever route he takes and we will overcome whatever obstacles we face as we have done through all our years together…so that we can take an entire country forward because we are not alone in this struggle, the entire nation wants to see their country doing well,” she stated.
Rosales was directly impacted by the medical shortages Venezuelans are currently facing when her father died in 2013 from a heart attack. Had there been medicine in his village to stabilize him or an ambulance to take him to the nearest hospital, he may have had a chance of surviving.
As the political duo establishes trust with the Venezuelan public, socialist leader Nicholas Maduro is strengthening ties abroad with countries like Russia.