AUSTIN, Texas — President Barack Obama on Tuesday blasted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for his decision to call a national meeting on Wednesday in which his government is accused of a war of aggression against his country.
The White House said Maduro is now considering a « coup d’etat » in the run-up to the meeting.
« Venezuela is in grave danger, » Obama said at the White House.
« It is a country where a dictatorship, backed by a murderous and criminal opposition, is consolidating its power and trying to crush the will of the Venezuelan people. »
Maduro called a national session of the National Assembly of Venezuelans for Wednesday to discuss « the measures to restore security, stability and prosperity. »
He also said he would meet with leaders of the United States, Europe and Australia, to discuss their options for dealing with the crisis.
The US and Europe have offered to send a peacekeeping force, but Maduro says he is unable to do so due to a lack of funds.
Venezuela’s economy has plummeted as a result of the war, and Maduro says his country’s oil revenues have been frozen by international sanctions imposed on his government.
Maduro has accused the US of supporting and arming the opposition and warned that the US and its allies will not leave him alone.