Trinidad and Tobago and the United States share a deep respect for the rule of law and the tradition of helping other nations in need. As Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Francisco ?Paco? Palmieri said during his visit to Trinidad last week: ?The entire region should be concerned by the erosion of Venezuelan democracy, by the detention of hundreds of political prisoners, and by the government?s policies, which have created a critical lack of basic medicines and access to food.? The Maduro government has relentlessly and intentionally undermined other constitutional branches of government from the inside. Since opposition parties won a majority of seats in 2015, Venezuela?s National Assembly has been systematically smothered by the Maduro government.
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