Venezuelan leader wants meeting with Trump

Venezuelan leader wants meeting with Trump

Assembly president and former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez added in her tweets that "insults and aggressions" against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would be rejected by the "anti-imperialist people of Venezuela".

Speaking to reporters Friday at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., Trump bemoaned the South American nation's growing humanitarian crisis and declared that all options remain on the table - including a potential military intervention.

"We are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away", Trump said.

"We have many options for Venezuela".

"The president is obviously growing impatient with a unsafe thug holding 30 million people hostage, with cowardly snipers murdering hungry democracy protesters", Roger Noriega, a former US ambassador to the Organization of American States and assistant secretary of state for Western hemisphere affairs told McClatchy.

The trip was already sure to be dominated by discussion of Venezuela, with Pence expected to call on the leaders to continue to pressure the Maduro government and encourage others in the region to do the same. In recent months, anti-government demonstrations have broken out daily as desperate citizens taken to the streets to protest the lack of even the most basic goods.

Maduro often accuses the United States of plotting invasions and coup attempts.

Former national guard Capt. Juan Caguaripano was captured in Caracas along with an active-duty soldier who allegedly collaborated with a small group of civilians and former officers that last Saturday raided a major military base in Valencia and walked off with a cache of weapons.

Bolivian President Evo Morales also condemned on Saturday the "armed interventionist eagerness by the USA against Venezuela", slamming the worldwide community for keeping silent. "Provocative statements by @realDonaldTrump on North Korea and Venezuela are reckless", said Rep. Ted Lieu.

The foreign ministry statement referred to Kuczynski as an "enemy" of Venezuela and Latin America unity while recalling the sacrifice made by Venezuelan soldiers led by Simon Bolivar who liberated both countries from Spain in the 19th century.

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Arreaza added that "the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela once again warns the worldwide community of the serious threats that are ever increasing".

After stifling all democratic opposition in his nation and essentially turning Venezuela into a communist dictatorship, President Nicolas Maduro responded to some tough talk from President Donald Trump by offering to set up a phone call and discuss matters.

Critics think Venezuela's new legislative body, the Constituent Assembly, will rewrite the Constitution at Maduro's behest.