In this context, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence heads to four Latin American countries, Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Panama in the next few days. Maduro overseas. So far, the Venezuelan leader's actions have been widely derided by his neighbors, including countries like Argentina and Brazil that were once close ideological allies of Venezuela.
Bolivian President Evo Morales also condemned on Saturday the "armed interventionist eagerness by the U.S. against Venezuela", slamming the worldwide community for keeping silent.
Venezuela's Information Minister Vladimir Villegas on Saturday tweeted a picture of the Statue of Liberty holding a machine gun instead of a torch, and a link to an article describing, "A Chronology of U.S".
But on Saturday the bloc was condemning Washington's saber rattling.
U.S. President Donald Trump's surprise comments on Friday may bring the beleaguered Maduro some respite in the region, just as Venezuela was on verge of becoming a pariah over its recent installation of a legislative superbody, widely condemned as a power grab by the ruling Socialists.
"It's hard to imagine a worse time for Trump to make this threat", David Smilde, a senior fellow with the Washington Office on Latin America, said in a statement.
Not even the frustration over Trump's decision to partially roll back Obama's opening to Cuba - a diplomatic thaw that was applauded across the region's political spectrum - or his constant talk of building a border wall to keep out immigrants got in the way of presenting a united front toward Maduro.
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. "Venezuela's government has routinely used the specter of USA aggression as a justification for actions that violate democratic principles, and this remark will only reinforce their ant-imperialist rhetoric". And the regime's use of excessive force and mass detentions had repulsed all but its staunchest allies in the region. "It is not the first time that Trump has acted like this towards Venezuela, which has been besieged for a long time", said Cristobal Alva, a Venezuelan poet from Guatire in the northern state of Miranda.
"The bad threats of President Donald Trump are trying to drag Latin America and the Caribbean into a conflict that could permanently alter the stability, peace and security in our region", he said. "And since they are empty threats, Maduro faces no new consequences by taking a tough stand, both rhetorically and against the opposition".
And on Friday, the government's new Constituent Assembly was moving ahead to establish a so-called truth commission, which would serve as a new tribunal to investigate crimes.
Tensions are running high in Venezuela.
"President Maduro swore in this illegitimate Constituent Assembly to further entrench his dictatorship, and continues to tighten his grip on the country", U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement. "Violence [is] not the answer".