Venezuela calls Trump's warning of possible military action a 'crazy act'

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The Venezuelan people, crushed under the weight of massive inflation and Maduro's oppressive regime, are struggling to provide even the most basic necessities for their families. Critics say the government feared a thumping at the polls amid a crushing economic crisis that has collapsed support for its socialist revolution.

Trump declined to give more details about the possibility of USA forces leading an operation in Venezuela.

Regional alliance Mercosur added that it rejected the use of force against Venezuela, despite having indefinitely suspended the country last week amid worldwide condemnation of Maduro's new, all-powerful "constituent Assembly". He said the people in Venezuela were "suffering and they are dying".

President Donald Trump said on Friday that he's considering possible military action against Venezuela in response to President Nicolas Maduro's power grab.

On July 31, the United States imposed direct sanctions on the Venezuelan president, terming Maduro a "dictator".

Arreaza called on "good-minded" Venezuelans to put aside their political differences and unite in rejecting Trump's comments.

If that wasn't enough, Maduro loyalists (a number of whom have recently been sanctioned by the Trump administration) have formed a new legislative body within the government that has taken for itself the power to rewrite the constitution. "Military Options" in Latam and the Caribbean".

Trump said the crisis in Venezuela was one of the topics discussed during talks Friday in New Jersey with his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

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Meeting Saturday, delegates to the constitutional assembly exultantly denounced Trump and shouted anti-American slogans.

"Military force must be the last option, not the first".

South American trading bloc Mercosur has spoken against Mr. Trump's latest comments on the Venezuela situation.

"The time has come for worldwide organizations and multilateral forums in the region and in the world to reaffirm the validity of the norms of global law and to curb the most aggressive action of the U.S. empire against the Venezuelan people in more than a hundred years".

The White House later said that Mr Maduro had requested a phone call with the American president.

Arreaza closed by reiterating Maduro's interest to have a conversation with Trump. "President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country", said the White House in its statement.

The remarks come amid increasing concern about Venezuela and increasing unrest there following a vote that installed a new legislature beholden to Maduro.

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