Trump Takes Aim at Venezuela in UN Speech

Posted September 20, 2017

"Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from his elected representatives to preserve his disastrous rule", Trump said, urging the help the Venezuelan people "regain their freedom and recover their country and restore their democracy".

"We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose its authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people", Mr. Trump said in his speech at United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. "Tonight we will talk to Trump about that", Santos said in an interview with Bloomberg News Agency.

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in NY on September 19, 2017.

Sanctions were not discussed at the dinner, the Brazilian leader said. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed.

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

He added, "The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented", which garnered little applause from the world body. "Their country is collapsing", he said.

Colombia's Santos, Brazilian President Michel Temer, Panama president Juan Carlos Varela and the vice president of Argentina, Gabriela Michetti were in attendance at the New York Palace Hotel as Trump advocated "further action" against Venezuela.

Venezuela's government faced global criticism after a Supreme Court decision in March to gut the opposition-controlled congress, a ruling that was later reversed.

The crisis in Venezuela has already spurred the migration of hundreds of thousands of Colombians living in the neighboring country and Venezuelans fleeing food shortages and violence.

More recently, a constitutional assembly wholly made up of government loyalists has been installed and proceeded to go after Maduro's political opponents.

"The American empire wants to step on all countries that want to advance, but we will not surrender", said Yirialdy Echandia, a 37-year-old student.