Sen. Rubio, Rep. Diaz-Balart visit Venezuela-Colombia border

Sen. Rubio, Rep. Diaz-Balart visit Venezuela-Colombia border

While he said the United States is keeping all options on the table, Bolton added there would be "no effort to use military force to deliver the humanitarian assistance" that the Venezuelan government has refused to allow into the country.

Rubio declined to say if he would support possible U.S. military action against Venezuela, but added that the Trump administration would not stand by if Maduro cracks down on Guaido.

On Monday, Trump said Maduro and the "small handful at the top of the Maduro regime" have stolen from Venezuela. He accused the USA president of speaking in an "almost Nazi style" and lashed out at Trump for thinking he can deliver orders to Venezuela's military. Trump has officially recognized him as Venezuela's temporary leader, but Maduro still controls the military and is using it to cling to power.

Venezuela denied a group of European Parliament deputies entry into the country on Sunday, arguing they had "conspiratorial motives" for flying to Caracas in the throes of a political crisis.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that Trump will express "strong support" for Guaido, whom the USA recognizes as the country's rightful president, and condemn President Nicolas Maduro's government and its socialist policies.

"They have retained our passports, they haven't communicated the reason for our expulsion", Esteban González Pons said. "Let your people go, set your country free".

Elliott Abrams, the US envoy to Venezuela, told Congress this month "the current political and economic environment is unsustainable and [Maduro] will not be able to weather it much longer".

Trump noted that humanitarian aid has stalled at the Venezuelan border, saying Maduro "would rather see his people starve than give them aid".

Guaido delivered remarks in Spanish at the event via video address, thanking Trump for supporting his challenge to the regime and Florida for taking in Venezuelans that have fled the country.

A successful peaceful transition to democracy in Venezuela would help promote democracy in Nicaragua and Cuba. In his speech on Monday, Trump didn't directly link socialism to the Democratic party or any of its politicians, but he repeatedly vowed to keep the ideology from taking hold.

The president says the U.S.is "profoundly grateful to every dissident and every exile". He added: "This will never happen to us".

Juan Guaido, the president of Venezuela's National Assembly who says he's the rightful leader of the country, has focused attention on emergency shipments of food stalled in the Colombian border town of Cucuta.

In his State of the Union speech this month, Trump used Maduro's example to caution against the perils of any kind of socialism, suggesting that liberal Democrats in the USA could threaten the American way of life.

As the monthslong political crisis stretched on, Trump delivered a public plea to Venezuela's military to support Guaido's government.

Trump issued a dire warning to Venezuela's military that if they continue to stand with Maduro, "you will find no safe harbour, no easy exit and no way out".

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