Just in case the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro falls, the Trump administration has put together an economic aid package that would put American dollars into the hands of the country’s citizens. But evangelist Pat Robertson has a plan that his thinks would simplify the process.
Speaking on Christian Broadcasting Network’s 700 Club this Thursday, Robertson said that President Trump should use U.S. military technology to bring about the fall of Maduro’s regime.
“It’s time for action,” Robertson said in a video clip flagged by Right Wing Watch.
Pat Robertson calls on the US military to take out Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro with a drone strike. pic.twitter.com/jqtdfxIEiJ
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) April 4, 2019
“And the OAS [Organization of American States] needs to come together … and it’s gotta have the Americans lead it … we have very effective drones — we have what are called Hellfire missiles that could be fired from drones, and I believe it’s time to give Mr. Maduro a little taste of what he’s been doing to the opposition.”
This isn’t the first time Robertson has called for the assassination of a Venezuelan leader.
As The New York Times pointed out, Robertson called for the assassination of the country’s then-president Hugo Chavez.
“If he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Mr. Robertson said in August of 2005. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.”
Robertson’s comments regarding Chavez were condemned by both the State Department and then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Last year, Maduro was the target of the first-known attempt to kill a head of state with a drone that was purchased online and armed by hand with military grade explosives.
There’s lots of evidence to suggest that Trump gets policy ideas from Fox News. Hopefully, he’s not a regular watcher of the Christian Broadcasting Network.
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