Trump warns Venezuela is 'collapsing'

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in New York U.S

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in New York U.S

U.S. President Donald Trump meets Brazil President Michel Temer (center R) during a working dinner with Latin American leaders in NY, U.S., September 18, 2017.

"Venezuela is a building in NY, which can blackmail the owners of the building for sale, but Venezuela is not United States real estate", Maduro said, adding: "The people of the United States are with the Venezuelan people".

Addressing the UN General Assembly Temer noted that his country has taken in thousands of Venezuelans. "From the Soviet Union to Cuba, Venezuela - wherever through socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish, devastation, and failure". "I ask the countries represented here to be prepared to do more to address this unbelievably serious crisis", Trump told his guests.

Trump claimed that Venezuela's democratic institutions have been destroyed in the process.

Referring to USA financial sanctions imposed on Venezuela last month, Arreaza accused Washington of violating worldwide law by attempting to overthrow the Maduro government "by force".

After Trump mocked North Korea's Kim Jong Un as the "rocket man," slamming the dictator for his relentless threats and pursuit of nuclear weapons, Latin America experts recalled another notorious UN moment - when former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez used the platform to call former U.S. President George W. Bush "the devil" and said he could smell the "sulfur" the U.S. president left behind.

Held on the sidelines of the UNGA, Monday's dinner included Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos, de facto Brazilian President Michel Temer, Juan Carlos Varela of Panama, and Argentine Vice-President Gabriela Michetti.

Last week, Trump upset Colombia, the South American nation with the closest ties to Washington, by threatening to blacklist it for failing to stop a surge in cocaine production. "We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela".

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The president's statements were a repeat from Monday night, when he denounced the "growing crisis" in Venezuela as unacceptable.

The Trump administration has imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela and Trump has called for tougher action, but Latin American leaders have stuck to diplomatic sanctions and ruled out the use of force, an option Trump has mentioned.

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