"Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand", Maduro said, adding that he wants as strong a relationship with the U.S.as he has with Russian Federation, according to The Associated Press. It's our neighbor. We have troops all over the world, in places that are very far away. "Venezuela is not very far away".
Trump has criticized Maduro many times throughout the past month, saying in a July 17 statement that the leader "dreams of becoming a dictator", adding that "the United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles".
Venezuelan security forces have wielded excessive force to suppress protests, killing dozens, and have arbitrarily detained 5,000 people since April, including 1,000 still in custody.
The 6 August incident raised tensions in the divided country, where critics of President Maduro say he is trying to cement a dictatorship.
On Thursday, Maduro referenced Trump during an address to the Venezuelan constitutional assembly, inviting a dialogue with the American leader. A former military general told Reuters earlier this year that some anti-aircraft missiles had been placed along the country's coast because of that possibility. I don't think so.
Bolivian President Evo Morales also condemned on Saturday the "armed interventionist eagerness by the United States against Venezuela", slamming the global community for keeping silent.
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"As Minister of Defense and as a citizen I say this is a insane act, an act of supreme extremism", CNN quoted Padrino as saying. He has been on a working vacation while the White House undergoes a renovation.
As to USA military action against Venezuela, the Pentagon said it had not received any such orders from the White House. "The military conducts contingency planning for a variety of situations".
"We believe it is critical to consider the role the USA energy industry and refining sector play in our economic and national security interest", the senators wrote in their letter. Threaten a USA invasion.
In remarks to reporters at his New Jersey golf club today, Trump said he wouldn't rule out a "possible military option" in Venezuela. "Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand". The president also said that nobody loves a peaceful solution more than he does, but warned that "bad things could come". "I think you know that answer to that", he said.
Mr Maduro and some of his comrades were sanctioned by the USA at the end of July and he responded by saying the United States was making a fool of itself in front of the world.
"I support peace. I support safety".
The sanctions will freeze USA assets of the officials targeted, ban them from travel to the United States, and prohibit Americans from doing business with them.
"But we will see what happens".