Rubio supports Trump, ‘all policy options’ for dealing with Venezuela

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, at the White House in 2017.

After leftist strongman Nicolas Maduro declared victory in a Venezuelan election on Sunday, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called Maduro’s regime a national security threat and said “I now fully support President Trump’s position that all policy options to help return Venezuela to a path of democracy and prosperity should be considered.”

Oil-rich Venezuela is in the midst of an economic collapse and a mass exodus of its citizens.

Rubio didn’t explicitly mention a military option — but Trump did last year.

“We have many options for Venezuela, and by the way, I’m not going to rule out a military option,” Trump said last August. “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary.”

Here’s the full statement Rubio released Sunday night:

“Until a constitutional and democratic order is restored in Venezuela, the Maduro regime should face increasing isolation from the international community.

“The democracies gathered at the G20 summit this week in Argentina should collectively reject the results of the fraudulent election conducted by the regime today.

“In addition, the humanitarian crisis created by the Maduro regime poses a national security threat to the United States and our allies in the region. I now fully support President Trump’s position that all policy options to help return Venezuela to a path of democracy and prosperity should be considered. This includes any measures that will open the way for the delivery of international humanitarian aid to be delivered to the people of Venezuela.”