Maduro interprets Trump's United Nations comments as death threat

Maduro interprets Trump's United Nations comments as death threat

Maduro interprets Trump's United Nations comments as death threat

Venezuela's chancellor to the U.N., Jorge Arreaza, said during a press conference Tuesday that his country categorically rejects Trump's threats and condemned his "racist and supremacist ideology".

US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has warned that Venezuela is "collapsing", suggesting the US may take additional steps to restore democracy.

China, a good friend of Venezuela's, has brushed off widespread condemnation from the United States, Europe and others about the situation in the country.

"China's policy towards Venezuela will not change", the report cited Wang as saying.

"The Venezuelan people are starving", Trump said.

"The worldwide community should take a fair and objective stance and play a constructive role", he said.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hit back at Trump, calling his speech an "aggression from the new Hitler of worldwide politics ... against the people of Venezuela".

Some even tweeted that Hitler was much better at what he did and that Trump could not be compared with him.

Trump threatened to build upon sweeping economic sanctions that the USA slapped on Venezuela last month if Maduro "persists on a path to impose authoritarian rule". Trump deemed the South American nation's situation "completely unacceptable" and called on the Latin American presidents to do more.

Trump's comments on Cuba represented a sharp reversal of the tone and language used by former President Barack Obama, who sought to build bridges with Havana.

Brazilian President Michel Temer told reporters afterwards that all present at the dinner agreed on the need to ramp up worldwide pressure on the Socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro but without intervening directly in Venezuela.

Last month, Trump warned of a "possible military option" in Venezuela, provoking a regional backlash, including from close USA allies such as Colombia, Peru, and Mexico.

Maduro's government has become increasingly isolated in the region, although he retains the loyalty of several left-leaning Latin American governments and small Caribbean countries who import Venezuelan oil on favorable terms.

In a statement, Venezuela's Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the US and its allies of threatening the country's sovereignty, and said it was prepared to defend its independence from the U.S.'s "racist government".

The foreign affairs ministers of those 12 are expected to meet again Wednesday to take up the issue in NY.

"All the presidents are absolutely concerned about the need for an immediate solution for Venezuela, a democratic and peaceful solution", said Julio Borges, the president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

Both Colombia and Brazil have close relations of military cooperation with the United States.

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