Venezuelan President Maduro Seeks To Meet US President Trump

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

Trump added that Washington is considering several options to intervene in Venezuela, one of them being military action should its need arise.

Protests have rocked the streets of Caracas and other Venezuelan cities, both before the vote and in response to the recent political moves.

Following Trump's assertion that military intervention in Venezuela was an option, Maduro's critics are caught between backing the idea of a foreign invasion of Venezuela or supporting a president they call a dictator. More than 120 people have been killed in the unrest.

The comment marked a serious escalation in rhetoric for the United States and threatened to undermine Washington's efforts to rally regional support to isolate Maduro.

The Venezuelan people, crushed under the weight of massive inflation and Maduro's oppressive regime, are struggling to provide even the most basic necessities for their families.

In an address to that assembly, Maduro expressed a desire to have a dialogue with Trump .

This week in Peru, foreign ministers from 12 Western Hemisphere nations condemned the breakdown of democracy in Venezuela and refused to recognize a new, pro-government assembly created by Maduro that is charged with rewriting the constitution but is seen by many as an illegitimate power grab. "But now the claim has been validated", said Mark Feierstein, who served as President Barack Obama's top national security adviser on Latin America. "Provocative statements by @realDonaldTrump on North Korea and Venezuela are reckless", said Rep. Ted Lieu.

Vice President Mike Pence kicks off a four-nation tour of Latin America on Sunday with a stop in Colombia, whose government - the staunchest US ally in South America - was quick to distance itself from Trump's remarks even while reiterating its concerns about a breakdown of democracy in Venezuela.

Arreaza accused Trump of "warmongering" and said Trump's comments represented "the United States' systematic aggression against Venezuela".

Venezuelan officials said Caguaripano, who was discharged from the army in 2O14, had commanded around 20 uniformed men in the attack.

Maduro has come under fire by the opposition and my the major countries in the Americas for seeing over the establishment of a new assembly filled with loyalists given powers to override the legislature, controlled by the opposition since 2015. "President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country", the White House responded in a statement.

The South American nation is also embroiled in an economic crisis that has led many to leave the country in search of easier access to food and medicine.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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