USA diplomat arrives for expected rebuke from Venezuela

President Trump Says He Won't 'Rule Out' Military Option In Venezuela

President Trump Says He Won't 'Rule Out' Military Option In Venezuela

Trump's comment about possible military action comes after a week of the president escalating rhetoric against the isolated regime in North Korea , which is pushing forward with nuclear and missile programs in the face of worldwide opposition.

Violent demonstrations since April have left more than 120 people dead.

The Venezuelan government had previously responded to the sanctions - which already targeted Maduro himself - by saying the United States was "making a fool of itself in front of the world". Senator Sasse, a member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, said that Congress does not plan to authorize a US-led war in Venezuela.

The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) - a body of 545 representatives of different localities, and social movements, labor groups, and indigenous communities which is now the highest legal power in Venezuela - was sworn in on August 4 at a ceremony attended by thousands of jubilant Chavistas who support the Bolivarian revolutionary government. He said the people in Venezuela were "suffering and they are dying".

Venezuela's new Constituent Assembly today strongly backed socialist President Nicolas Maduro in the face of the "vile threats" of his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, who said USA military action was an option to quell the South American country's devastating crisis. "And by the way, I'm not going to rule out a military option".

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro had requested a phone call with Trump, the White House said.

"Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand", Maduro said, adding that he wants as strong a relationship with the U.S.as he has with Russian Federation, according to The Associated Press.

It adds that "the repudiation of violence and any option that implies the use of force is inalienable and constitutes the fundamental basis for democratic coexistence".

Trump said Venezuela's political crisis was among the topics discussed at the talks he hosted at his golf club in New Jersey with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.

The US government has sanctioned more than 20 Venezuelan government officials in the last few weeks. "President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country".

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

Arreaza closed by reiterating Maduro's interest to have a conversation with Trump.

In a controversial election boycotted by the Opposition, a new constituent assembly was elected to draw up a new constitution that has the potential to fundamentally change the rules in favor of Maduro.

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