United States revokes visas of Venezuela assembly members

A woman takes part in a rally in support of the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas Venezuela

A woman takes part in a rally in support of the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas Venezuela

On Friday morning an awning was set up on the Venezuelan side of the Simon Bolivar pedestrian bridge, the main point of entry between the two Andean countries, in aim of collecting signatures in support of Maduro to remain president of Venezuela. "Members of the military, this aid is also for you. Great nations do not fight endless wars", said President Trump. Dozens of political parties that make up Venezuela's opposition have failed to mount a viable political challenge.

Most Latin American and European countries also support Venezuelan opposition claims the Maduro government is now illegitimate, after it barred most opposition candidates from running in last year's election.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed Friday not to let in "fake" aid from the United States requested by opposition leader Juan Guaido that is being stockpiled at the border with Colombia.

Maduro, who last weekend rejected an European Union ultimatum to organize snap presidential elections, said he would welcome the mission.

At the request of Interim President Juan Guaidó, the United States is immediately pre-positioning emergency supplies in Colombia to provide relief to Venezuelans coping with severe food and medicine shortages.

"If they dare to keep blocking the routes, and creating obstacles to the lives of Venezuelans, we'll go to open them, with the people, the security forces", Guaido said.

The U.S. has revoked visas for members of Venezuela's Constituent Assembly amid an ongoing push to ramp up pressure on Caracas, the special envoy for Venezuela said Thursday. "Humanitarian aid does not substitute for the economy of a country". And they worry hawks in the Trump administration may be advocating for military solutions to try to resolve complex diplomatic, economic and political problems.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center on the political crisis in Venezuela on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Doral, Florida.

The U.S. government is also weighing possible sanctions on Cuban military and intelligence officials whom it says are helping Maduro remain in power, a second U.S. official and person familiar with the deliberations have told Reuters.

Turning his ire on the Contact Group, Maduro fumed: "You don't listen to the truth in Venezuela".

Maduro has rejected the global aid, saying: "We are not beggars". Well for your information, Venezuela does not give up! "There is no plan B. The only plan is the definite change in Venezuela", he said.

He blamed shortages of food and medicine on USA sanctions, which mostly target regime individuals as well as state oil company PDVSA.

Maduro says Venezuela isn't a nation of "beggars", despite the economy spiralling into its worst-ever crisis and three million Venezuelans fleeing overseas over the past five years.

"Venezuela will not allow the show of. humanitarian aid because we do not beg from anyone", Maduro told reporters.

General Francisco Yanez of the air force's high command became the first active Venezuelan general to recognise Guaido, but he is one of about 2,000 generals.

Romania's president has officially recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president nearly a week after other European Union countries recognized him.

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