"Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering and they're dying", he said. "You know, we are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away".
"Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course that he's "not going to rule out" a military option".
General Vladimir Padrino, Venezuela's Defence Minister, dismissed the threat as "an act of craziness, an act of supreme extremism".
But the United States and major Latin American nations allege that Mr Maduro is using the body as a tool to quash dissent, by clamping down on the opposition and the legislature it controls. Maduro himself and on Friday refused to take a call Mr.
"We want to make sure that we don't have the unintended effect of doing more harm to USA refineries than the Maduro regime", Chet Thompson, CEO of a group representing 95 per cent of America's refining sector, told AP. Washington's staunchest ally in the region - condemned any "military measures and the use of force" that encroach on Venezuela's sovereignty.
"It's hard to imagine a worse time for Trump to make this threat", David Smilde, a senior fellow with the Washington Office on Latin America, said in a statement. "And since they are empty threats, Maduro faces no new consequences by taking a tough stand, both rhetorically and against the opposition".
The crisis has fuelled protests that have gripped Venezuela for the past four months.
The 545-member assembly, which has the rights to amend the constitution and reorganize the government, "aims to fix the malfunction" plaguing the country's governing system, according to Delcy Rodriguez, the recently elected president of the new legislative body. Many members of Mr.
In Washington, the Pentagon said the USA military was ready to support efforts to protect United States citizens and America's national interests, but that insinuations by Caracas of a planned U.S. invasion were "baseless". "It is very risky mess and a very sad situation", Trump said.
The White House responded to that request by saying Trump would "gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country".
"These threats will be seen through the historical prism", Ms. O'Neil said. Venezuela can still count on support from leftist allies Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, as well as a handful of Caribbean nations that depend on it for cheap or free oil. In a subsequent post, the ministry said Maduro instructed Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza to seek a "conversation" between the two heads of state.
Eva Golinger, an American lawyer who was a close confidante of Mr.
Jose Miguel Vivanco, the Americas director for Human Rights Watch, wrote on Twitter that "no one has helped Maduro as much as Trump [with] this nonsense he said [Friday]".
Among the first steps taken by the ANC, which is empowered to modify and update the country's constitution, was the creation of a Commission for Truth, Justice, and Reparation for Victims to investigate that right wing violence which has created chaos in the country and invited meddling in Venezuelan affairs by external forces.