Trump faces awkward silence at United Nations as his socialism joke bombs

During his speech at the United Nations' General Assembly Tuesday, President Donald Trump prioritized the crisis in Venezuelan and said the situation was unacceptable. "Tonight we will talk to Trump about that", Santos said in an interview with Bloomberg News Agency.

"We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on the path to imposing authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people", said Trump.

At a dinner with Latin American leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Trump called the burgeoning crisis in Venezuela "totally unacceptable" and said the USA was ready to ensure its democracy could be restored.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has been pushing the country toward autocracy as he struggles to turn around an unprecedented financial crisis spurred by a drop in global oil prices.

At the U.N., Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza also condemned Trump's remarks but he ignored questions at a news conference about the criticism Venezuela faced from other leaders at the U.N. gathering.

In addition to President Temer, the presidents of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, as well as the Vice President of Argentina, Gabriela Michetti attended the dinner.

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Sanctions were not discussed at the dinner, the Brazilian leader said. President Temer joined other Latin American leaders on the eve of the start of the United Nation's annual meeting for a dinner with USA leader.

"Their democratic institutions are being destroyed", he said.

He warned that the Venezuelan people don't have enough food and are "starving".

More recently, a constitutional assembly wholly made up of government loyalists has been installed and proceeded to go after Maduro's political opponents. "We want it to happen very soon".

Latin American governments have called for negotiations to resolve the crisis through a peaceful transition to democracy, especially Colombia and Brazil which have long borders with Venezuela and are receiving tens of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing the economic chaos and political turmoil.

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