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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Marchante

President Trump offers support to Venezuela during University visit, says ‘All options

Updated: Mar 13, 2019

Michelle Marchante/Editor-in-Chief

President Donald Trump reaffirmed the United States support for Venezuela’s interim president Juan Guaidó and its promise to prevent the “spread of socialist tyranny” during a visit to the University on Monday, Feb. 18, amidst protests on the Graham Center lawns.

“The twilight hour of socialism has arrived at our hemisphere and frankly in many many places around the world. The days of socialism and communism are numbered not only in Venezuela but in Nicaragua and in Cuba,” Trump said to a cheering crowd in the Ocean Bank Convocation Center at the Modesto Maidique campus.

Those words a stark contrast to what was happening on the lawns, with a mix of University and community protestors holding up signs with words such as “Hands off Venezuela” and a big banner which said in Spanish “We reject the coup of the United States on Venezuela,” with the banner also rejecting Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela.

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