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Trump singles out Venezuela for criticism in UN speech

By on September 19, 2017

United States President Donald Trump speaks during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (Seth Wenig/AP)

UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump has singled out Venezuela during a speech to the U.N. as a threat to democratic principles alongside North Korea, Iran and Syria.

Trump says President Nicolas Maduro’s government has brought an oil-rich nation to the “brink of collapse.” He accused Maduro of stealing power from elected representatives to preserve his “disastrous rule.”

He said: “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing.”

Trump spent nearly as much time criticizing Venezuela as North Korea, Iran and Syria — the three countries labeled the “axis of evil” by former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Trump has paid special attention to Venezuela this week, discussing the crisis at a dinner with the leaders of Brazil, Colombia, Panama and Argentina.

The U.S. has imposed economic sanctions on Venezuela.

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