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USAID Watchdog Criticizes Trump’s Politicization of Aid to Venezuela

HeadlineApr 30, 2021

The inspector general of USAID, the Agency for International Development, has criticized the Trump administration’s politicization of humanitarian aid for Venezuela. In a new report, the watchdog said the White House’s push to deliver aid to the Venezuelan border in 2019 was driven more by the administration’s desire for regime change than based on the actual needs of Venezuelans. The report said the Trump administration used the aid as a “key tool to elevate support” for U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó and that decisions were made to reinforce Guaidó’s credibility.

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