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TRUMP SLAMS VENEZUELA AT UN; MADURO CALLS HIM 'HITLER'

September 19, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro



President Donald Trump urged world leaders Tuesday to help restore "democracy and political freedoms" in Venezuela, singling out the South American country for some of his most blistering criticism in a speech to the United Nations.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hit back by calling the U.S. president "the new Hitler" of international politics. He also accused Trump of threatening to assassinate him.

Trump threatened to build upon sweeping economic sanctions that the U.S. slapped on Venezuela last month.

But he did not repeat an earlier threat to consider military options to pressure Venezuela, a day after dining with the leaders of four Latin American countries who made clear they would not support such action.

"The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. This situation is completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch," Trump said. "I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis."

Maduro, who did not attend the U.N. General Assembly gathering, reacted angrily from Caracas, calling the speech an "aggression from the new Hitler of international politics, Mr. Donald Trump, against the people of Venezuela."

"Nobody threatens Venezuela and nobody owns Venezuela," Maduro said.

Maduro added that as he understood the speech, "Donald Trump today threatened the president of the Bolivarian Republican of Venezuela with death."

At the U.N., Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza also condemned Trump's remarks.

Latin American affairs often take a backseat for Washington during international gatherings, but Trump has made Venezuela's political crisis a priority at the U.N. During his speech, he spent as much time criticizing Venezuela as North Korea, Syria and Iran.

Venezuela was the key topic at a dinner that Trump attended with the leaders of Colombia, Brazil, Panama and Argentina.

In Caracas, several thousand government supporters marched in protest against the United States.

"The American empire wants to step on all countries that want to advance, but we will not surrender," said Yirialdy Echandia, a 37-year-old student.

For sometime now, Maduro has been accusing the US of backing opposition protesters to bring down his government.

- with AP



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