Trump to speak about Venezuela in Miami

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio visits the Colombia Venezuela border at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta

The Republican Senator also warned Maduro against harming USA personnel working in the country and said the United States would also respond if aide workers were targeted.

U.S. President Donald Trump will warn of "the dangers of socialism" in a speech Monday in support of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is recognized by the United States as the South American nation's interim president.

Writing on Twitter, Guaido slammed the decision to block the European Union lawmakers and said the group was "deported by an isolated and increasingly irrational regime".

The senator was part of a USA delegation visiting the Colombian border city of Cucuta, where humanitarian aid is being stockpiled for planned delivery to Venezuela. Guaidó and Maduro are locked in a standoff for control of Venezuela, an oil-rich country whose economy has crumbled in recent years.

He did not explicitly say the food would be distributed in Cucuta.

"Our principal task is to reach a million volunteers by February 23", Mr Guaido said in a message to the 600,000 supporters who have signed up so far for the push to bring aid in. The Venezuelan military has largely remained loyal to Maduro. Large containers and overturned trucks are said to be blocking supplies from entering.

He spoke a few days after Guaido called on the Venezuelan Armed Forces, supporting President Nicolas Maduro, to change sides, in the anticipation of humanitarian aid arrivals to the crisis-hit country.

US Senator Marco Rubio arrived Sunday in Cucuta for a first-hand look at the aid operations.

Another US aircraft is due in Curacao from Miami on Tuesday, and a collection center for Brazilian aid will open Monday on the border, Mr Guaido's team said.

Speaking in Spanish, Rubio warned that blocking the entry of USA food would amount to a "crime against humanity" and those responsible would spend "the rest of their lives hiding from justice".

Venezuela suffers from shortages of food medicine and other daily necessities and also has the worst inflation rate in the world.

Mr Maduro has dismissed the humanitarian assistance as "crumbs" and "rotten and contaminated food" while blaming shortages of food and medicine on U.S. sanctions.

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