He said the options include "the strong ones and the less than strong ones - and you know what I mean by strong".
President Donald Trump said Wednesday he's willing to meet with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro if it would help ease suffering in the South American nation.
Venezuelan officials did not immediately respond to the action but have widely rejected global criticism, saying they're driven by imperialist forces led by the U.S.to justify launching an invasion.
On Wednesday, presidents from five conservative Latin American governments and Canada's prime minister met in NY and signed a complaint with the International Criminal Court asking it to investigate Maduro on charges of crimes against humanity.
The issue is even more sensitive given a New York Times report this month saying Trump administration officials had met three times with Venezuelan military officers to discuss plans to oust Maduro but the plans stalled.
"Currently we are witnessing the human tragedy" in Venezuela, Trump told world leaders gathered at the United Nations. "We're going to take care of Venezuela, if he's here and he wants to meet, it was not on my mind, it was not on my plate, but if I can help people that's what I'm here for".
"And all of us need to continue to let the people of Venezuela know that they have our support".
The Treasury Department also sanctioned First Lady and Former Attorney General Cilia Adela Flores de Maduro, Executive Vice President Delcy Eloina Rodriguez Gomez, Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Jesus Rodriguez Gomez, and Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez.
A group of USA senators on Tuesday said they had introduced legislation seeking to address the crisis in Venezuela by, among other things, tightening sanctions and providing $40 million in humanitarian aid.
Maduro was due to speak at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations later on Wednesday.
Some have interpreted Trump's comments as leaving the door open for military action, but, back in Washington, senior American military leaders indicate there is no active planning for a US military intervention there. He justifies the crackdown on opposition leaders by accusing them of attempts to assassinate him.
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The president is a vocal critic of socialism and communism and has used impoverished regimes like Venezuela and North Korea to highlight the stark consequences that result from these ideologies. With hyperinflation in his nation spiraling toward 1 million percent and chronic shortages of food and medicines, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans are fleeing the nation, overwhelming neighboring nations.
Yet despite Maduro's claims of a US plot against his nation, he has long expressed an eagerness to meet with Trump, particularly after he saw Trump go from calling North Korea's Kim Jong Un "rocket man" at last year's General Assembly session to praising him at this year's.
"We are continuing to designate loyalists who enable Maduro to solidify his hold on the military and the government while the Venezuelan people suffer", Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.