He did not provide any details on how the U.S. military might respond. "Members of the military, this aid is also for you". "But we share the same objective, wishing to contribute to a politically peaceful and democratic solution".
Despite having the world's largest oil reserves, Venezuela is in a historic crisis after 20 years of socialist rule launched by the late President Hugo Chavez.
Abrams continued to call for Maduro to hand off the reins, saying it does not matter where the Venezuelan president goes, as long as he is no longer at the helm of the South American nation.
Smith reported from Caracas, Venezuela.
Colombian government workers neatly displayed a wealth and variety of food supplies while the American ambassador and Venezuelan opposition leader addressed the droves of reporters who, at the invitation of the embassy, had descended on Cucuta for the photo op.
The White House official also informed that the USA is preparing new sanctions that will further pile pressure on Maduro to call for fresh polls of relinquish power.
USAID relief items for Venezuela arrive in Colombia on Wednesday. Maduro said that he hopes to collect 10 million signatures demanding that Washington withdraw threats of war against the people of Venezuela. "There is no plan B. The only plan is the definite change in Venezuela", he said.
But they are stopping short of seeking any outside military intervention.
The Contact Group, which says it includes countries with a "neutral" perspective on the Venezuela crisis, chided Maduro over the deaths of 40 opposition protesters last month.
The only thing Venezuela had in abundance Friday was angry words as its main political players attacked each other in simultaneous news conferences while the nation teeters on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.
Economic sanctions are effectively compounding the grave crisis affecting the Venezuelan economy, adding to the damage caused by hyperinflation and the fall in oil prices.
A handful of Latin American countries such as Uruguay, Ecuador and Costa Rica are also part of the group.
Guaido, who heads the opposition-led National Assembly, declared himself Venezuela's legitimate ruler on January 23.
On the other hand, Maduro said that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lied in recent statements about the presence of members of Hezbollah and in Venezuela, 'it is totally false, ' he said. Well for your information, Venezuela does not give up!
'The revolution is more alive than ever, ' Maduro said. The sanctions freeze $7 billion in USA -based assets and target $11 billion of US revenue to Venezuela's national oil company.
On Monday, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said they could not participate in the distribution of international humanitarian aid to Venezuela from Colombia if there was no prior agreement with those organizations.
But a USA military intervention in Venezuela could fracture support from Latin American counties that have been critical of past US interventions in the region and could bolster Maduro's image in Venezuela as a sympathetic and anti-imperialist leader. Venezuela has gone from being one of the richest countries in the region, to the poorest.