Trump to Venezuelan military: Side with Guaido or stand 'to lose everything'

Trump to Venezuelan military: Side with Guaido or stand 'to lose everything'

A second wave of United States aid arrived Saturday at the Colombian-Venezuelan border in the midst of Venezuela's humanitarian crisis.

"Millions of Venezuelans are starving and suffering, while a small handful at the top of the Maduro regime plunder the nation into poverty and into debt".

The dynamic toward a transition under Juan Guaido, the USA -backed leader of Venezuela's National Assembly, should accelerate as Venezuela's cash dwindles with India the only remaining buyer for its oil, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "That's socialism. We must do everything in our power to lift up the people of Venezuela".

Earlier this week, Trump and visiting Colombian President Ivan Duque said they would cooperate on the Venezuela issue closely.

Saturday's aid delivery comes a week after Guaido and Venezuela's National Assembly requested humanitarian assistance, said CNN.

The second wave of humanitarian aid provided by the USA government for Venezuela arrived Saturday in the town of Cucuta along the Colombia-Venezuela border, only a week after the first wave of US supplies arrived on the border in response to Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaido's request for humanitarian assistance.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we see in the next weeks senior military officials declare for Guaido or leave the country", he said.

During the delivery of aid on Saturday, Lester Toledo, Guaido's appointed coordinator for the global aid efforts, announced that three additional aid centers will soon open in Brazil, Curaçao and Miami, Florida, pleading once again with Venezuela's military to let the aid enter the country.

"We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open", Trump said.

Maduro also cited the continued support of China and especially Russian Federation, which has been a major supplier of loans, weapons and oil investment over the years.

Addressing supporters and Venezuelan expatriates in Miami on Sunday, Trump declared he had a message for officials helping keep Maduro in place.

In July 2018 the Associated Press news agency reported, citing an unnamed representative of the United States administration, that in August 2017, Trump, during a meeting in the Oval Office, asked his aides about the possibility of a military intervention in the country. Political violence and repression saw Venezuela previous year become the Latin American country with the highest homicide rate.

So far, Maduro isn't budging.

Trump urged the Venezuelan military to accept Guaido's offer of amnesty and refrain from violence against those opposing Maduro's government.

But even as the political crisis pitting Guaido against Maduro continued to deepen, Caracas confirmed secret talks with a Trump administration envoy presumably aimed at defusing matters. Sanders says Trump would warn the Venezuelan military that the USA "knows where military officials and their families have money hidden throughout the world".

"It's coming", Trump said to a round of applause.

Trump has also previously seized on the deteriorating situation in Venezuela as a political attack line, warning voters in hyperbolic terms that Democratic policies will turn the USA into Venezuela.

Guaido addressed the crowd in a pre-recorded video released by the White House and thanked Trump and the state of Florida for their support.

U.S. Sen, R-Fla., thanked President Trump for reminding the world that America is a beacon of freedom and liberty and blasted Maduro and his "dying criminal regime".

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