For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Office of Press Relations
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The following is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala:
On February 6, 2020, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met with the Interim President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Honorable Juan Guaidó, in Washington, D.C. The Administrator reiterated the commitment of the United States and USAID to supporting the Venezuelan people, Interim President Guaidó, and the democratically elected Venezuelan National Assembly as they continue to fight to return freedom and dignity to their country. Administrator Green expressed his admiration for the courage and leadership shown by the Interim President and his fellow members of the National Assembly in the face of constant threats and harassment. The Administrator and the Interim President agreed to work together to combat disinformation by the illegitimate Maduro regime, which continues to attempt to mischaracterize U.S. support for the Venezuelan people.
Since Fiscal Year 2017, the U.S. Government has provided more than $656 million in humanitarian and development assistance to help Venezuelans affected by the ongoing, regime-driven political and economic crisis, both inside Venezuela and in 16 neighboring countries, of which USAID has provided more than $437 million. This assistance flows through contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements to qualified implementing partners, which include faith-based and community organizations; private-sector firms; colleges and universities; United Nations agencies and other international organizations; and non-profit, non-governmental groups. USAID has not provided any funds directly to elected members of the Venezuelan National Assembly, high-level officials of the Guaidó Administration, Venezuelan Ambassadors, or the Interim President himself.