Vice President Pence called out Venezuela's United Nations ambassador to his face while addressing the body's Security Council on Wednesday - a speech he used to declare it's time for Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro to step down.
Pence made the remarks during a hearing of the council at United Nations headquarters in New York City, and in support of a resolution supporting Guaido over technical Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. "It's time for him to go".
Venezuela's UN Ambassador Samuel Moncada said the country is threatened with war by the Trump administration, "and the ground is being laid for an invasion". He said the United States would be circulating a resolution that would do this and also stand with the Venezuelan people "as they rise up. against intimidation and violence", and for freedom.
"There is a clear move here to undermine our rights", Moncada said, "and if they can undermine our rights, they can undermine the rights of all members of this organization, so we must categorically reject this".
He also announced the US will be providing almost $61 million in humanitarian assistance, in addition to the $213 million the State Department says it has already provided to Venezuelan refugees living in nearby countries - as well as $43 million in development and economic assistance.
"To that end, the United States preparing a resolution recognizing the legitimacy of the government of interim President Juan Guaido".
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A Venezuelan holds a poster with a message that reads in Spanish: 'Protesting because; No electricity, No water, No food, ' during a demonstration against President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas Wednesday. The United States and Russian Federation both failed in rival bids to get the Security Council to adopt resolutions on Venezuela in February.
The U.S. "has artificially provoked a crisis in this country in order to overthrow a legitimately elected leader and replace him with their own pawn", he said. He said also it's time for the U.N.to seat Guaido's representative at the United Nations - and expel the current representative.
The United States has sanctioned a broad array of Maduro administration officials, military officers and institutions, blocking them from the financial system and freezing assets held in USA banks, including those of Venezuela-owned oil company Citgo.
"You will only gain respect from that, You don't like when others interfere in your affairs".
Pence said Trump has made clear that Russia needs to get out of Venezuela, stressing that Russian aircraft landing in the country and bringing in security or advisory personnel "is just unacceptable".
Pressed on whether "all options are on the table" meant that military intervention was a closer possibility, Pence said, "We have no timetable for the restoration of freedom".