CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA—Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and his bipartisan, bicameral Congressional delegation wrapped up their week-long diplomatic tour of South America with a two-day visit to Colombia and the border of Venezuela.
“The United States supports Colombia’s efforts to move forward,” said Leader McCarthy. “We are united in the battle against drug trafficking and in bringing about a lasting resolution to the crisis in Venezuela. The pursuit of freedom will triumph over the devastation of socialism.”
President Duque hosted the delegation for a meeting in Cartagena, building upon the relationship that began during Duque’s visit to Washington in February. They spoke at length about Colombia’s counter-narcotics progress, the U.S.-Colombia trading partnership, and the crisis in neighboring Venezuela. President Duque and Leader McCarthy also held a joint press conference to reaffirm the strong friendship between the two nations.
The Congressional delegation visited the Colombia-Venezuela border in Cúcuta to witness first-hand the humanitarian crisis caused by the Maduro regime’s socialist policies. Leader McCarthy spoke with several Venezuelan families who were crossing the border on foot. They all delivered the same message: Maduro must go.
Leader McCarthy echoed their sentiments in his remarks to the press gathered at the border, and he redoubled the United States’ gratitude for all that Colombia has done to resolve the situation. “Let us be clear,” McCarthy said. “To all the people in Venezuela who love liberty and want freedom, we support you.”
For their final stop, the delegation toured a Colombian Naval base to learn more about Colombia’s success in eradicating the flow of illegal drugs. They also visited with U.S. Navy Seals stationed in Colombia as part of a training partnership with the Colombian Navy.
Other stops in South America: