Washington D.C. – Today, House Foreign Affairs Lead Republican Michael McCaul (R-TX) appeared on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” with Bill Hemmer to discuss the evolving crisis in Venezuela. Key highlights below:

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“We haven’t seen the Russians in the western hemisphere this strongly since the Cuban Missile Crisis with military assets. They would love nothing more than to poke us in the eye and keep Maduro in power in Venezuela. We have the Cuban security forces and the Russians propping up Maduro, fighting the forces of democracy and free and fair elections.”

“The military option is on the table. It is the last option we want to exercise. We want to put more sanctions, more pressure … We have to do all these things first.”

“I would argue that it is the Colombians and Brazilians and Argentinians and Lima group that need to lead this effort. It’s the people of Venezuela that are standing up against this socialist dictator. This is what a socialist dictator does to his country. He has destroyed the most successful country in Latin America.”

NOTE: For analyzed commentary on McCaul’s interview you can read more from Fox News, here