Sen. Ben Sasse: Congress Won't Authorize Military Action in Venezuela

"President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country".

Stability across Latin America is in jeopardy from President Donald Trump's "reckless threat" to consider military action against Venezuela, Caracas said on Saturday, after its military vowed to stand up to the United States leader's "craziness".

"Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand", the socialist president said, adding that he wants as strong a relationship with the he has with Russian Federation.

The assault on the military base coincided with a video circulated on social media in which Caguaripano called for a general uprising against unpopular socialist President Nicolas Maduro. The deepening political crisis and the threat of additional sanctions has worsened Venezuela's economic turmoil. He is set to visit Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Panama.

In another of her messages in Twitter, former Foreign Minister of Venezuela emphasized that the ANC will act to accompany head of State in the defense of our beloved Venezuela'.

A ban on petroleum imports from Venezuela - the US's third-largest supplier - would hurt "hurt USA jobs and drive up gas costs", AP says. "Trump has taken this a big step forward". Meanwhile, its website remains hacked for a second straight day with a photo of a finger-pointing Trump under the banner "I Want You to Kill Your Brothers and Sisters". Mexico and Colombia joined in with statements of their own.

The Trump administration imposed fresh sanctions on Maduro in late July after questions about the legitimacy of an election to rewrite the country's constitution.

More than 100 people have died in protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in recent months. The assembly's election drew global condemnation and critics have said it removed any remaining checks on Maduro's power.

Venezuela is retaliating in kind for Peru's expulsion of its ambassador.

On Wednesday, a fifth opposition mayor in Venezuela was removed from his post and ordered under arrest in the continuing crackdown on Maduro's adversaries.

The new legislative superbody, which made waves last weekend by firing a dissident chief prosecutor, took new action on Saturday on the country's election timetable. The constitutional assembly could still decide to scrap elections altogether or alter the voting rules.

More than 125 people have died in violence since the opposition began a sustained wave of protests in April. "The United States is controlled by an extremist elite", the minister told the local VTV television channel.

The president declined to say whether the USA would seek to overthrow Maduro.

Maduro has long accused Washington of having military designs on Venezuela and specifically its vast oil reserves, the world's largest.

Venezuela's Information Minister Vladimir Villegas on Saturday tweeted a picture of the Statue of Liberty holding a machine gun instead of a torch, and a link to an article describing, "A Chronology of U.S".

Vanessa Coleman