President Trump’s bold move against Venezuela’s socialist leader has put Ocasio-Cortez in a tight spot

President Donald Trump’s bold announcement on Venezuela is being applauded by even some of his staunchest critics.

But it is trapping some, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into a dilemma of her own making.

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The self-proclaimed  Democratic socialist has been strangely silent on Twitter, her megaphone to over 2.6 million followers, after the president announced his administration would officially recognize Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaidó as the country’s president in the wake of a public outcry in the country against Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro.

Ocasio-Cortez refused to either back Trump or directly condemn the human rights offenses by the socialist Venezuelan regime, only calling the president’s decision to recognize Maduro’s opposition as “concerning” in an interview with The Daily Caller.

“Our office is monitoring it closely. I think that, you know, the humanitarian crisis is extremely concerning but, you know, when we use non-Democratic means to determine leadership, that’s also concerning, as well,” the freshman New York lawmaker told the outlet on Thursday. “So, we’re figuring out our response and making sure that we center the people of Venezuela first and foremost.”

The 29-year-old called out Trump’s decision as “non-Democratic,” while not addressing how Maduro, who just began his second six-year term after what many condemn as unfair elections, has systematically handled opposition.

The national Democratic Socialists of America have demanded Ocasio-Cortez take a stand against “American imperialism” and the “coup” in Venezuela. The North Jersey DSA chapter tweeted a call to the “DSA endorsed representatives,” naming Ocasio Cortez and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

While Ocasio-Cortez has not tweeted her own statement, she did re-post one by Democratic colleague Ro Khanna of California.

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The DSA was not satisfied.

Meanwhile, Trump has found vocal support for his decision including praise from former United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.

Even CNN and Telemundo contributor, Ana Navarro, was able to celebrate Trump’s decision.

For Ocasio-Cortez, however, the lack of a definitive statement has created a bit of a predicament.

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