In a unusual turn of events, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that he wants a meeting with President Donald Trump. "We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary".
Peru's announcement on Friday, shortly after President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski called Maduro a "dictator", marked the first time that a country has moved to expel a Venezuelan ambassador since the country's July 30 vote to form the constituent assembly amid allegations of fraud.
Assembly president and former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez added, "Insults and aggression" against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would be rejected by the "anti-imperialist people of Venezuela".
The U.N. human rights office had said that the Venezuelan security forces had systematically wielded excessive force to suppress protests, killing dozens, and arbitrarily detained 5,000 people since April.
The Peruvian Foreign Ministry said it had based its decision on what it said was Maduro's "unacceptable" answer to the condemnation of Maduro's actions by 17 governments from North and South America earlier this week.
Venezuela is facing a severe economic and political crisis after almost two decades of socialism, recently exacerbated by the Socialist Party's (PSUV) attempt to replace the democratically-elected National Assembly with a legislature comprised of hand-picked Maduro supporters.
Some officials there have long accused the U.S. of planning an invasion and earlier this year, a former military general told Reuters news agency that anti-aircraft missiles were on the country's coast - just in case. I don't think so.
Venezuela assembly denounces 'vile threats' from US President Donald Trump
Trump said Friday that a military option against Venezuela was on the table, describing the situation there as a "dangerous mess". The sanctions include the freezing of assets and a ban from entering the US.
"Offenses and aggresions against the top investiture of the nation will be repudiated by the anti-imperialist people of Venezuela", assured Rodriguez.
"As Minister of Defense and as a citizen I say this is a insane act, an act of supreme extremism", CNN quoted Padrino as saying.
"I don't want to comment because I think they're very different places so I don't want to comment", said Trump. "The military conducts contingency planning for a variety of situations. If called upon, we are prepared to support whole of government efforts to protect our national interest and safeguard USA citizens".
Venezuelan officials had earlier accused the US of planning an invasion. With the president increasingly concerned about Mueller's sniffing around, Trump may as well double down.
Saber-rattling from the rogue nation has dominated Trump's 17-day working vacation in New Jersey. The quickest way to do that is to get Trump to ease the sanctions and ask the United States for economic and humanitarian assistance. "It's hard to imagine a more damaging thing for Trump to say". You know, we're all over the world.
The United States has joined Mexico, Colombia and Panama in saying that they would not recognize the voting results. But this has been going on for many years.
"But we will see what happens".
Trump told reporters on Friday that the U.S. is considering additional sanctions against North Korea "at a very, very high level".