“The people of Venezuela are standing for freedom and democracy, and the United States of America is standing right by their side,” President Donald J. Trump said yesterday afternoon at Florida International University in Miami, Jane Timm reports.
While expressing strong support for Venezuela’s interim president, Juan Guaido, President Trump urged a peaceful transition of power and condemned socialist policies. “To those who want to try to impose socialism on the United States, we again deliver a very simple message: America will never be a socialist country.”
In USA Today, retired educator Dan Ferguson writes that his beloved daughter Mandy, a 28-year-old sixth-grade teacher, was killed last year by someone who got into the United States illegally. “In his declaration of a national emergency on our southern border, President Trump recognized the Americans who experienced the consequences of that emergency firsthand: angel moms and dads. I never expected I would be one of them.”
First Lady Melania Trump “debuted a healing garden and intensive care unit for heart patients at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami Monday,” Anna Giaritelli reports for the Washington Examiner. “After the unveiling ceremony, [the First Lady] took part in a butterfly release with a young patient and then met with other patients at the hospital.”
In The Washington Times, Stephen Moore writes that “President Trump has renegotiated a new North America free trade deal — with some impressive improvements.” With the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in the hands of Congress, Moore asks an important question: “Does anyone know where all those free trade Democrats went?” Democrats’ lack of support only stands to harm American workers.
“I believe that the president is fully within his rights to use a national emergency to protect America amid a humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” Boris Epshteyn writes in WJLA. “The overall result will be that the barrier will continue to be built, which is key to ending the illegal immigration, drug trade and human trafficking happening at the border.”