Latin American nations led by Peru are negotiating a written rebuke of U.S. President Donald Trump after he said the United States was considering a "military option" involving Venezuela, as the crisis-stricken country prepares its own response.
After days of heightened rhetoric over a nuclear-armed North Korea, President Trump said he also wouldn't rule out a "military option" in Venezuela. It's our neighbor. We have troops all over the world, in places that are very far away.
"The United States stands with the people of Venezuela in the face of their continued oppression by the Maduro regime", she added.
The White House stated that Trump will speak with Maduro when democracy is returned to the country.
In the face of criticism, President Donald Trump has often taken meetings and attempted to build relationships with the leaders of foreign nations that some would consider "unfriendly" - namely President Xi Jinping of China and President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation.
The US has led a chorus of global alarm against the Maduro government in recent weeks, and has imposed sanctions on several high-ranking Venezuelans - including the president.
Maduro hasn't made the same kind of threats toward the USA or its allies like North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has.
However, the US Department of Defense said that "the Pentagon has received no orders" from the president regarding a Venezuela operation. "The Venezuelan government will continue to deepen relations with the heroic Peruvian people despite the actions of the elite that governs Peru", Venezuela's foreign ministry said in a statement.
Several Venezuelans also dismissed Trump's words as "imperial interference".
"If he's so interested in Venezuela, here I am", the socialist president said.
Even as Maduro stressed on the importance of the new assembly, protests and violent demonstrations keep on rocking Venezuela.