Venezuela's opposition coalition has rejected any manner of foreign military intervention, two days after US President Donald Trump said Washington was considering such actions in the crisis-ridden country.
US President Donald Trump on Friday threatened that he would not rule out a "military option" in Venezuela.
Venezuela's opposition has been resistant to even the hint of potential USA involvement in their ongoing internal crisis, warning that any U.S. comments would allow the government to try to present the opposition as in league with the United States, and would likely split Latin America's position, which at present is uniformly critical of the Venezuelan government's recent actions to increase the ruling party's power.
The menace, however, also gave Maduro's regime an unexpected opportunity to substantiate its daily refrain that it is a victim of a Washington plot to grab control of its oil reserves, the biggest in the world.
Assembly president and former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez added, "Insults and aggression" against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would be rejected by the "anti-imperialist people of Venezuela".
"Mr. Trump, we would arrive and take the White House".
Mexico and Colombia joined in with statements of their own.
President Nicolas Maduro and his government have faced strong criticism from several Latin American nations over the controversial Constituent Assembly, which has the power to rewrite the country's constitution. It is an attack on the sovereignty of the Venezuelan people.
The U.S. will also likely be looking for assurances that Colombia is taking seriously the surging coca production in the country, which has been blamed partially on Santos' decision in 2015 to stop using crop-destroying herbicides.
The Trump administration must also work to convince the European Union to sanction significantly more members of the Maduro government, many of whom have family members living overseas in luxury after stealing hundreds of billions of dollars from the Venezuelan treasury, because "broader sanctions could help splinter Maduro's support and encourage a transition away from dictatorship".
Latin American support for Venezuela against the United States threat comes on the eve of Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the region beginning Sunday. "Will president Trump be the president a year from now in the US?'" Patricio Navia, a political analyst, said.