The US refuses to consider the events in Bolivia a coup.
US President Donald Trump welcomed the resignation of Bolivia’s leftist leader Evo Morales, calling it “an important moment for democracy in the Western hemisphere” and a warning to the” illegitimate ” regimes of Venezuela and Nicaragua.
“These events send a powerful message to the illegitimate regimes of Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail,” Trump said, referring to two other Latin American countries with leftist governments that his administration’s efforts are targeting.
Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous President, sought a fourth term despite a constitutional ban. Trump called his resignation “an important moment for democracy in the Western hemisphere.”
“After nearly 14 years of rule and a recent attempt to circumvent the Bolivian Constitution and the will of the people, Morales’ departure preserves democracy and opens the possibility for the voice of the Bolivian people to be heard,” Trump said in a statement.
“The United States applauds the Bolivian people for demanding freedom, and the Bolivian military for fulfilling the oath to protect not one person but the Bolivian Constitution,” he added.