Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Donald Trump's threat of Venezuela military action could bolster President Nicolas Maduro

Donald Trump's threat of Venezuela military action could bolster President Nicolas Maduro

"President Maduro swore in this illegitimate Constituent Assembly to further entrench his dictatorship, and continues to tighten his grip on the country", U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Trump did not directly answer a question about whether the USA troops would lead the potential operation.

Venezuela's Information Minister Vladimir Villegas on Saturday tweeted a picture of the Statue of Liberty holding a machine gun instead of a torch, and a link to an article describing, "A Chronology of U.S".

The remarks came shortly after Maduro forcefully warned the USA president that Venezuela "will never give in".

"The United States stands with the people of Venezuela in the face of their continued repression by the Maduro regime".

Maduro went ahead with the vote, which created a new pro-government assembly that will rewrite the country's constitution.

Experts on the region said the president's comments Friday would undoubtedly make Pence's task more hard when he arrives Sunday in Cartagena, Colombia, on Venezuela's doorstep.

The Trump administration has issued sanctions against Maduro, whom it calls a "dictator", and more than two-dozen former and current Venezuelan officials, asserting that human rights violations that undermine democracy have occurred during the country's recent political turmoil.

A week ago, Trump's top national security adviser H. R. McMaster said in a TV show that he did not see a military intervention from any outside source as likely.

"Well, you know, there's a long history in the region of American intervention and that's caused problems in the past", he said.

"There is an extremist elite in the USA government", he added, "and I really don't know what is happening and what will happen in the world. This is the Yankees doing this". Maduro himself and on Friday refused to take a call Mr.

The ban comes as the US considers imposing economic sanctions against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, who is facing mounting global criticism over a crackdown on opponents and moves to consolidate power. "The president and the vice president have discussed the trip in depth and are totally aligned on the president's message to Venezuela and Latin America overall", said the spokesman, Jarrod Agen.

Pence's trip had been aimed both at rallying opposition to Maduro in his own backyard, as well as bolstering trade and economic and security cooperation with four key USA allies in the region. He is set to visit Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Panama.

In its second session earlier this week, the ANC approved an agreement which establishes the guidelines for the coexistence of the five Powers which make up the Venezuelan State, including the Executive, led by President Maduro.

The rebuke, albeit mild, from Washington's most loyal ally in the region came the day before Vice President Mike Pence will be kicking off a Central and South American tour here.

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