Maduro supporters 'risking their lives, Venezuela's future'

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio visits the Colombia Venezuela border at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta Colombia

Sen. Rubio, Rep. Diaz-Balart visit Venezuela-Colombia border

Juan Guaido, the president of Venezuela's National Assembly who says he's the rightful leader of the country, has focused attention on emergency shipments of food stalled in the Colombian border town of Cucuta.

"We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open", Trump said.

While speaking in front of some members of the Venezuela-American community in Miami, the president is expected to demand that the socialist nation "work toward democracy" and install Guaido as their president, or else.

"You will lose everything", he cautioned.

Guaido delivered remarks in Spanish at the event via video address, thanking Trump for supporting his challenge to the regime and Florida for taking in Venezuelans that have fled the country.

During a contentious hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the USA special envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, told members of the committee that while the Trump administration has preferred to use economic, humanitarian and diplomatic channels to deal with the Maduro regime, the use of military force is not being ruled out.

A USA aid shipment arrived on Saturday containing 140 tons of high-energy food products, as well as soap, toothpaste and other goods for 25,000 people.

Trump said Monday that the US stands behind opposition leader Juan Guaido and condemns Maduro and his government's socialist policies. He added: "This will never happen to us". "The days of socialism and communism are numbered, not only in Venezuela but in Nicaragua and in Cuba as well".

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Ahead of Trump's speech on Monday, Bolton maintained that the United States is "happy to talk to Maduro or anybody in his former regime to discuss their exit terms from Venezuela".

"We know who they are and we know where they keep the billions of dollars they have stolen", Trump said.

The Trump administration showed Venezuela's state-owned oil giant, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, a path to escape U.S. sanctions on Friday when the U.S. Treasury said it would "consider lifting sanctions" on those who take concrete steps to "restore democratic order" in the country.

Maduro, who has the backing of Russian Federation and China, won a second term in an election last years that critics denounced as a sham.

Trump spoke on Monday in Miami about the political crisis in Venezuela and the dangers of socialism.

Yorger Maita, a helper from the aid group Rescate Venezuela, said that if foreign aid doesn't enter "other people will continue to die".

In his State of the Union speech this month, Trump used Maduro's example to caution against the perils of any kind of socialism, suggesting that liberal Democrats in the US could threaten the American way of life. "Set your country free".

Trump has been spending the holiday weekend at his private club in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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