U.S. Congress won't support military intervention in Venezuela: Engel

U.S. Congress won't support military intervention in Venezuela: Engel

U.S. Congress won't support military intervention in Venezuela: Engel

President Donald Trump warned Venezuela on Wednesday that "all options" are on the table and demanded that far left leader, Nicolas Maduro, unblock USA aid shipments to the country.

President Iván Duque (L) of Colombia meets with US President Donald Trump at the United Nations in NY 25 September 2018.

As other White House officials did before him, Trump refused to ruled out a military "solution".

The US aid, sitting on the Colombian side of the border with Venezuela, has become the latest flashpoint in the US-led push to topple Maduro, whose socialist government is bolstered by the military and backed by Russian Federation and China.

Now, the focus of the struggle between Maduro and Guaido has turned to the aid shipments.

"I think he's making a awful mistake by not allowing that to happen", Trump said of Maduro's refusal to allow in the aid.

Venezuela is already facing severe shortages of food and medicine.

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Trump's hawkish national security advisor John Bolton on Wednesday tweeted that "Maduro would rather stand for tyranny than. accept aid for the Venezuelan people".

Duque stressed the importance of increasing global support for Juan Guaido, the president of Venezuela's national assembly, who declared himself interim president last month.

At a huge opposition rally on Tuesday, Guaido vowed that humanitarian aid would enter the country on February 23. "We have nearly 300,000 Venezuelans who will die if the aid doesn't enter".

President Donald Trump is headed to Miami on Monday to speak about the ongoing turmoil in Venezuela, a move that could embolden interim president Juan Guaidó and put further pressure on Nicolás Maduro to flee the country.

Maduro, who gets crucial backing from the country's powerful armed forces, denies there is a humanitarian emergency and has branded the crisis a "political show" and pretext for a US-led invasion.

Congress will not support US military intervention in Venezuela despite comments hinting at such involvement by President Donald Trump, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said on Wednesday.

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