Trump Takes Aim at Venezuela in UN Speech

President Trump said Tuesday the United States is "prepared to take further action" in Venezuela and called on the full restoration of democracy in the struggling country.

The statement came after Trump railed against the repressive government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a speech before the U.N. General Assembly in NY on Tuesday.

"As responsible neighbors and friends of the Venezuelan people, our goal must be to help them regain their freedom, recover their country, and restore their democracy", he added.

"I urge every country here to prepare to do more to address this incredible and serious crisis".

The Venezuelan News Agency (AVN) branded the aggressive statements by the head of the U.S. administration against Iran, Syria, Venezuela and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as demagogic, 'full of commonplaces and with a clear inversion of values'.

Trump did not repeat that warning, but said the United States was prepared to take further action, without offering details. "We want it to happen very soon".

Trump invited Presidents Michel Temer of Brazil, Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, Juan Carlos Varela of Panama and Argentine Vice President Gabriela Michetti to the dinner.

Sanctions were not discussed at the dinner, the Brazilian leader said.

"We can't stand by and watch", he told the delegates.

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

Brazilian President Michel Temer told reporters afterwards that all present at the dinner agreed on the need to ramp up global pressure on the Socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro but without intervening directly in Venezuela. "We are talking about verbal sanctions, with democratic words, diplomatic words", Temer said.

  • Jack Mann