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The Venezuelan government on Saturday fired back at what it called a "reckless threat" by U.S. President Donald Trump, who included a military option as a possible action during his remarks about that nation's current turmoil.

The White House also informed that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested a phone call with the US President, which the latter declined saying that he will gladly pick up the call when democracy is restored in the former's country.

General Vladimir Padrino, a close ally of Maduro, said: "With this extremist elite that's in charge in the USA, who knows what will happen to the world?"

"We had some very good meetings, some very good ideas, very good thoughts, and a lot of decisions were made", Trump said following the briefing, without providing details.

President Nicolas Maduro has been under intense criticism around the world for installing a new all-powerful assembly that supersedes the Venezuelan congress and is packed with Maduro loyalists.

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"If the US soils the homeland, the rifles would come to NY and take the White House", said Nicolas Maduro Guerra according to Politico.

A reporter asked if he meant to say the U.S. would lead a military operation in the South American country.

Questions over how seriously to take the threat underscore the unusual nature of the Trump presidency.

As to US military action against Venezuela, the Pentagon said it had not received any such orders from the White House.

"But a military operation, a military option is certainly something that we could pursue", he threatened.

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Jose Miguel Vivanco, the Americas director for Human Rights Watch, tweeted: "Perhaps since [Hugo] Chávez named him his successor, no one had helped Maduro as much as Trump and this nonsense he said today".

Since early April more than 120 people have died in demonstrations against Maduro and his socialist government triggered by a Supreme Court attempt to strip the opposition-controlled National Assembly of its powers.

"This is not a coup but a civil and military action to re-establish constitutional order", said the leader, who gave his name as Juan Caguaripano. It added that its ambassador to Peru, Diego Molero, was in Venezuela.

Washington blames Maduro for the violence and has urged regional and worldwide governments to take strong action against his government.

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