At U.N., Pence tells Venezuelan ambassador: 'You shouldn't be here'

US Vice President Mike Pence addresses the United Nations Security Council at UN headquarters in New York

For his part, Maduro has long denied the country is suffering from a humanitarian crisis and blames U.S. sanctions for its economic woes.

Late February ostensible aid convoys endorsed by Washington attempted to smuggle cargo into Venezuela across the border from Colombia.

The pressure for increased aid to the oil-rich but imploding country follows clumsy efforts by the Trump administration to politicise the delivery of USA aid to shore up support for opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whom Washington and dozens of other countries have backed as interim leader over Maduro.

Venezuela has blamed the U.S. for its current state because of the various sanctions on government officials, individuals and companies.

Pence made the remarks during a hearing of the council at United Nations headquarters in New York City, and in support of a resolution supporting Guaido over technical Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. "But as with previous meetings, this one was dominated by USA efforts to oust Maduro and replace him with Juan Guaidó, head of the country's opposition-controlled National Assembly..."

He also announced the US will be providing almost $61 million in humanitarian assistance, in addition to the $213 million the State Department says it has already provided to Venezuelan refugees living in nearby countries - as well as $43 million in development and economic assistance.

About a quarter of Venezuelans are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations, with people lacking food, medicine and basic services. That leaves people's wages all but worthless.

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Announcing the aid increase, the Geneva-based organisation said: "The ICRC has tripled its budget for operations in Venezuela from about $9m [£6.8m] to about $24.6m".

Washington will present a draft United Nations resolution aimed at recognizing the opposition leader, revoking the credentials of Maduro's United Nations envoy and appointing Guaido's representative as the ambassador to the world body, Pence told the council.

US Vice President Mike Pence has called on the United Nations to expel the representative of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, while warning that Washington was open to using all options to oust the country's leader.

Since Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido had proclaimed himself as the interim president of the crisis-sickened country following a questionable re-election of Maduro previous year, United States alongside its European allies had grouped up to incline sanction on Venezuelan crude.

The United States and Russian Federation both failed in rival bids to get the Security Council to adopt resolutions onVenezuela in February.

"I can not understand his arrogance and self-importance, his racial supremacism", Maduro said. Russia, China, Turkey and other countries recognise Maduro's authority.

Mike Pence might seem like a gentle, soft spoken guy who holds his tongue - especially next to a brash and confrontational Donald Trump - but he isn't afraid to assert himself when it counts.

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