Mike Pence Arrives in Colombia in First Stop of Latin America Tour

Bolivarian National Guards move away from the flames after an explosion in Altamira Plaza during clashes with anti-government demonstrators in Caracas Venezuela. The explosion injured several officers and damaged seve

Bolivarian National Guards move away from the flames after an explosion in Altamira Plaza during clashes with anti-government demonstrators in Caracas Venezuela. The explosion injured several officers and damaged seve

"Maduro is not just a bad leader, he is now a dictator", said McMaster, who accused the Venezuelan president of seizing "absolute power" through a "sham election". This is our neighbor ... we're all over the world, and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away.

Experts on the region said the president's comments Friday would undoubtedly make Pence's task more hard when he arrives Sunday in Cartagena, Colombia, on Venezuela's doorstep.

Some Venezuelans may see hope in the comments, but Farnsworth said they will largely be counterproductive as it allows Maduro and his allies to promote the image of the United States as imperialist bullies. Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday" that Venezuela "could very much become a risk" to the USA if it descended into further chaos.

"The president is obviously growing impatient with a unsafe thug holding 30 million people hostage, with cowardly snipers murdering hungry democracy protesters", Roger Noriega, a former US ambassador to the Organization of American States and assistant secretary of state for Western hemisphere affairs told McClatchy.

Maduro often accuses the United States of plotting invasions and coup attempts.

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Calling Trump's words a "direct aggression" against peace and independence of Latin America and the Caribbean, Suarez warned that a US military attack against Venezuela could be hidden under the pretext of a "humanitarian intervention".

Trump also said he plans to talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping later in the evening concerning North Korea.

"The daring threats of President Donald Trump intend to drag Latin America and the Caribbean into a conflict that would permanently alter the stability, peace and security of our region", Arreaza said at a press conference.

Argentinean global law expert Paola de Simons told Xinhua that Trump was sending out "a warning, (as a) foreign threat, which belongs to what were decades ago". Trump has shut the door on the idea until Maduro returns some sanity to his quickly deteriorating nation.

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One can only imagine how disappointed the younger Maduro will be to arrive in NY only to discover that the White House is actually more than 220 miles away to the southwest.

The White House said Maduro requested a phone call with Trump on Friday, which the administration appeared to spurn, saying in a statement that Trump would gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela once democracy was restored.

The country has been ravaged by protests against President Nicolas Maduro and his new constituent assembly, which can rewrite the constitution and override parliament.

The South American nation is also embroiled in an economic crisis that has led many to leave the country in search of easier access to food and medicine.

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