Trump does not rule out military action in Venezuela

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"If Venezuela were attacked", the younger Maduro said, "The rifles would arrive in New York, Mr. Trump".

On Friday, Trump blasted Venezuela's leader, President Nicolas Maduro, as a "dictator", saying that the crisis in the country could prompt a USA military response.

Trump turned down a phone call with Nicolas Maduro on Friday and the White House said in a statement that the president would gladly speak to the Venezuelan leader when democracy was restored in the country.

The U.S. government, which backs the opposition coalition, condemned the election for the ANC, claiming it "undermines the Venezuelan people's right to self-determination".

Maduro said he wants as strong a relationship with the U.S.as he has with Russian Federation, saying, "Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand". "And so, I think we're very cognizant of the fact that we don't want to give this regime or others the opportunity to say, well, you know, this isn't the problem with the Maduro".

"Some of these countries have recently taken positions absolutely contrary to our sovereignty and independence but still have rejected the declarations of the US president". The vice president is expected to meet with each of the country's leaders, deliver a major speech on U.S.

The United States has joined Mexico, Colombia and Panama in saying that they would not recognize the voting results.

Earlier this week, Washington imposed sanctions on eight Venezuelan officials, including President Maduro and the brother of late ex-President Hugo Chavez. Maduro's hand as he cracks down on dissent and blames Washington for his country's economic and domestic strife.

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Peru expelled Venezuela's ambassador in Lima on Friday, but that did not stop it from criticizing Trump's threat.

Key to the populist rhetoric used by both is a constant drumbeat of warnings that the U.S. "Instead Maduro has chosen the path of dictatorship", the White House said.

The new legislative superbody, which made waves last weekend by firing a dissident chief prosecutor, took new action on Saturday on the country's election timetable. The constituted powers may in no way impede the decisions of the National Constituent Assembly. More than 120 people have died in unrest and anti-government protests since April.

Venezuela is undergoing a crisis in which millions are suffering from food and medicine shortages and high inflation.

Maduro has long accused Washington of having military designs on Venezuela and specifically its vast oil reserves, the world's largest.

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Nearly since Maduro took office in 2013, he has been warning of US military designs on Venezuela, home to the world's largest oil reserves. "Military Options" in Latam and the Caribbean".

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