2/6/2019 -- In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump voiced support for the people of Venezuela who have been brutally oppressed under Maduro's socialist regime, condemned new calls for America to adopt socialist policies, and vowed that "America will never be a socialist country."
"We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country." pic.twitter.com/D5Bnq9mxRe— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 6, 2019
Two weeks ago, the United States officially recognized the legitimate government of Venezuela, and its new interim president, Juan Guaido.
We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom—and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.
Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence—not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.
One particular audience member was less than pleased:
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