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On this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Roger F. Noriega hosts the new US ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Carlos Trujillo, for a conversation on President Trump’s strategy in the Americas.
In the conversation, Amb. Trujillo introduced himself to the audience and discussed how his busy first few weeks in the Trump administration have progressed. He recently returned from the eighth Summit of the Americas, where he and Vice President Mike Pence met with leaders from around the hemisphere and reenergized the efforts of civil society groups that have been working to restore democracy in challenging political environments.
The discussion also covered the international response to the deteriorating political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Amb. Trujillo emphasized the need for focus both within the Trump administration and the OAS on responding appropriately to the upcoming May 20 elections in Venezuela, which are widely expected to be rigged. He said that the governments of the entire region should be doing more to hold the Maduro regime accountable and expressed support for US sanctions, which have been effective in punishing the regime. Amb. Trujillo also urged the OAS Permanent Council to investigate the recent unrest and violence in Nicaragua, where government forces allegedly killed more than 40 people.
This event took place on May 3, 2018.
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