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Venezuela blasts United States 'aggression' after Trump UN speech

Venezuela blasts United States 'aggression' after Trump UN speech

The Venezuelan government rebuffed US President Donald Trump's praise to Latin American nations for supporting the "restoration of democracy" in Venezuela after a dinner at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

President Donald Trump surprised the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday when he remarked that the collapsing regime in Venezuela was not due to the poor implementation of socialism, but rather its successful implementation.

"Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from his elected representatives to preserve his disastrous rule", Trump said, urging the U.N.to help the Venezuelan people "regain their freedom and recover their country and restore their democracy".

"What we all want is for Venezuela to become a democracy again and we are exerting all possible pressure to make it happen again", he added.

According to the Brazilian president, although no decision was taken during the dinner, Latin American leaders are concerned with the increasing problem of Venezuelan refugees.

Maduro has blamed Venezuela's financial troubles on an alleged "economic war" by domestic opponents and the United States. "We have more than 30,000 (Venezuelan) refugees in Brazil, thousands of refugees in Colombia and some in Panama, "he said".

Santos said discussion would focus on how best to pressure the Socialist government of Nicolás Maduro to allow a "hopefully peaceful democratic transition in Venezuela". "Tonight we will talk to Trump about that", Santos said in an interview with Bloomberg News Agency.

"We can't stand by and watch", he told the delegates.

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