Donald Trump Urges Latin American Leaders to Challenge Venezuela Dictator Nicolás Maduro


At the meeting, a new "campaign of aggression" against Venezuela was planned, said the Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in a statement.

President Donald Trump surprised the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday when he remarked that the collapsing regime in Venezuela was not due to the poor implementation of socialism, but rather its successful implementation. "I ask the countries represented here to be prepared to do more to address this unbelievably serious crisis", Trump told his guests.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos reiterated President Temer's view, according to Agencia EFE, telling the USA leader that Latin America would not support any kind of military intervention in Venezuela.

Caracas, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan press repudiated the speech delivered today by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, at the United Nations, where he attacked sovereign countries.

"Maduro has inflicted awful pain and suffering on good people of his country", Trump said during a speech before the United Nations General Assembly.

Latin American affairs often take a backseat for Washington during worldwide gatherings, but Trump has made Venezuela's political crisis a priority at the U.N. During his speech, he spent as much time criticizing Venezuela as North Korea, Syria and Iran. President Temer joined other Latin American leaders on the eve of the start of the United Nation's annual meeting for a dinner with U.S. leader. Those same countries met last month in Lima where they denounced Venezuela's "democratic collapse".

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In addition to President Temer, the presidents of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, as well as the Vice President of Argentina, Gabriela Michetti attended the dinner.

Venezuela's government faced global criticism after a Supreme Court decision in March to gut the opposition-controlled congress, a ruling that was later reversed.

Maduro faced worldwide condemnation for the methods he has used to neutralize political opponents. Several prominent opposition mayors have been removed or ordered arrested by the Supreme Court.

Washington has already slapped sanctions the crisis-stricken country and Trump warned on August 11 that the United States was mulling a range of options against Venezuela, "including a possible military option if necessary".

Brazilian President Michel Temer highlighted the Venezuelan exodus in his own speech and declared that, "in South America, there is no longer room for alternatives to democracy". She added that the U.N. Human Rights Council must look critically at the "violation of human rights" and Venezuela's constitution.