Washington D.C. – Today, House Foreign Affairs lead Republican Michael McCaul (R-TX) appeared on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” to discuss U.S. support in standing with the people of Venezuela against illegitimate dictator Nicolas Maduro, and the latest on the border crisis amid the government shutdown. Key excerpts below: 


On the United States not recognizing the Maduro regime in Venezuela:

“This is a historic opportunity for democracy to prevail over a socialist dictator, [Nicolas] Maduro, who has created so many abuses against his own people. I applaud the President and Vice President for standing up for this new leader [Juan Guaido] in Venezuela. Remember, Venezuela is one of the greatest threats in the Western Hemisphere aligned with Iran and Cuba.”

On the “State of the Union” being postponed:

“I think it’s a national disgrace. I think it’s an embarrassment and it’s unprecedented… It’s a sad day for America. The American people and Congress want to hear from the President. They want him [POTUS] to bring the nation together at this critical time when the government is shut down and we are looking at border security issues. I’ve never seen anything like it, Bill, in this town.”

On the need secure the border and end the government shutdown:

“The President has made a very reasonable compromise offering to negotiate on going from concrete to the steel fencing that’s already down there. Talking about Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people in the country and also legalizing the DACA program. The thing is, Nancy Pelosi rejected this offer before he [POTUS] even talked to the American people on his national address. I think that’s not good faith negotiation.”