VENEZUELA: Government Rebuffs Trump Meeting With Latin American Leaders

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro

"We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people".

President Donald Trump said that the economic and humanitarian disaster in Venezuela is due to the fact that the country has "faithfully implemented" socialism, during his Tuesday address to the United Nations General Assembly.

"The socialist dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro has inflicted awful misery and suffering on the good people of that country".

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened new sanctions on Venezuela as his administration stepped up efforts to build an global alliance against President Nicolás Maduro.

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During his first speech at the UN, Trump accused those countries of having governments that are 'dangerous to world peace and attack their own people'.

In the months before the July election, violent protests erupted in the streets of Caracas, the country's capital, and the government's approval has fallen amid severe food and medicine shortages.

The president's statements were a repeat from Monday night, when he denounced the "growing crisis" in Venezuela as unacceptable.

Santos and the other Latin American presidents have been trying to step up diplomatic pressure on their Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro for months.

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Brazilian President Temer agreed that, along with the US, Latin America's political leaders must try resolve the Venezuelan crisis through diplomacy. "This situation is completely unacceptable and we can not stand by and watch", Trump said. "I ask the countries represented here to be prepared to do more to address this unbelievably serious crisis", Trump told his guests. "Their country is collapsing", he said.

Colombia's Santos, Brazilian President Michel Temer, Panama president Juan Carlos Varela and the vice president of Argentina, Gabriela Michetti were in attendance at the New York Palace Hotel as Trump advocated "further action" against Venezuela.

"All the presidents are absolutely concerned about the need for an immediate solution for Venezuela, a democratic and peaceful solution", said Julio Borges, the president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

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