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President Donald Trump warned on Monday that Venezuela is “collapsing”, suggesting the United States may take additional steps to restore democracy.
Trump told Latin American allies gathered on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly that President Nicolas “Maduro defied his own people” and was guilty of “disastrous rule” that may necessitate further punitive measures.
“The Venezuelan people are starving. Their country is collapsing,” he said.
Washington has already slapped sanctions the crisis-stricken country and Trump warned on August 11 that the United States was mulling a range of options against Venezuela, “including a possible military option if necessary”.
“Their democratic institutions are being destroyed,” he said. “Our goal must be to help them and restore their democracy.”