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Ivanka Trump Visits Venezuelan Migrant Camp as US Boosts Aid

Ivanka Trump Visits Venezuelan Migrant Camp as US Boosts Aid

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 05:45 PM

Ivanka Trump visited a migrant camp in Colombia on Wednesday as part of an official U.S. delegation, as Washington boosts humanitarian assistance for the millions of people who have fled Venezuela’s collapsing economy.

The Trump administration will increase assistance by $120 million to provide emergency food and health care to Venezuelans throughout the region, according to State Department officials. That brings the total donated by the U.S. to address the crisis since 2017 to $376 million, they said.

At the same time it donates aid for migrants, the U.S. government has accelerated Venezuela’s economic collapse by imposing ever tighter sanctions aimed at forcing President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Ivanka Trump, who is an adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, visited Cucuta on Wednesday -- a Colombian border city that is the first destination for many migrants leaving Venezuela by land. She was joined by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan.

Sullivan and Ivanka Trump are making diplomatic visits to Colombia, Paraguay and Argentina this week. In Cucuta, they were expected to meet Julio Borges, an aide to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado, who has been recognized by the U.S. and more than 50 other countries as Venezuela’s rightful head of state.

Venezuelans trekking across the Andes on foot have become a common sight on Colombia’s highways, as have families asking for money on the streets of Bogota and other South American capitals.

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