Trump expected to ramp up pressure on Venezuela's Maduro in speech

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"We are going to take more than 20,000 boxes of (food) to the brothers and sisters of Cucuta to help with the situation of extreme need facing the boys and girls of Cucuta", Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said in televised statements.

Trump is to make a public case that Venezuela's military, which could play a decisive role in the stalemate, should support Guaidó's government. ICRS was echoed by United Nations spokesman Stephen Dujarric who said earlier this month that humanitarian action related to Venezuela should be independent of political or military goals.

President Donald Trump is expected to urge Venezuelan military officials to back the country's self-declared interim president Juan Guaido and allow humanitarian aid to flow into Venezuela.

Guaido was nearly immediately recognised by the United States and its allies after he proclaimed himself Venezuela's interim president on 23 January, with Trump then telling CBS that the USA military intervention in Venezuela remains "an option".

She adds Trump will state that the USA 'knows where military officials and their families have money hidden throughout the world'.

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Sanders said Trump would warn the Venezuelan military that they 'have a clear choice - work toward democracy for their future and the future of their families, or they will lose everything they have'. "Food and medicine will reach the people of Venezuela".

"Venezuela is preparing for the humanitarian avalanche", Mr Guaido told about 4,000 supporters clad in white T-shirts and green scarves who gathered Saturday to sign up as volunteers.

Russian Federation and China, among a spate of other nations, say that they recognise Maduro as Venezuela's only legitimate president. South Florida is home to more than 100,000 Venezuelans and Venezuelan-Americans, the largest concentration in the country.

Trump is to be joined by local officials and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Trump has also previously seized on the deteriorating situation in Venezuela as a political attack line, warning voters in hyperbolic terms that Democratic policies will turn the USA into Venezuela. The president spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, about 65 miles north of Miami.