Trump threatens to cut off aid to Venezuela if Congress doesn’t pass emergency relief package

President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to cut federal aid to the impoverished country, a day after Congress failed to approve emergency aid for the struggling country.

Trump made the threats while meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at the White House, a White House official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The United States has already cut $100 million in federal aid for Venezuela and has sent additional aid to other countries in the region.

The House of Representatives approved the emergency relief bill Thursday, a vote that is expected to pass the Senate later this week.

In addition to Maduro, Trump also met with Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami, and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

Both men called for the United States to “stop supporting dictators” in Venezuela.

Trump’s threat of cutting aid to Maduro was made during a meeting with the Venezuelan leader in the Oval Office last week, according to a transcript of the session released by the White, House Office of Public Liaison.

Maduro also urged Trump to “make the streets free of all violence,” and said the U.S. “has to stop supporting dictators.”

Trump did not respond to requests for comment on Monday.

Maduro’s administration has been struggling to deal with the country’s economic crisis since the start of the year.

Venezuela has been plagued by shortages of food, medicine, electricity and basic necessities since April, when the government announced it was shutting down some of its oil-rich fields and refineries.

The country’s economy is already in recession and the country has not been able to export much of its crude oil.

The government says the shortages are due to the collapse of production in some of the countrys biggest oil fields, which it blames on the sanctions imposed by the United Nations and Western nations, as well as a drop in crude oil prices.

The U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions on Maduro in March after the government failed to meet its obligations to allow a humanitarian aid convoy to enter the country.

It said Maduro’s government is trying to hide the extent of its financial problems and has not allowed the U,S.

or other nations to visit its offices in the country to verify the shortages.

The Venezuelan government also says its oil reserves have been depleted by over 90 percent since the onset of the crisis.

The crisis has forced tens of thousands of Venezuelans to flee the country and many more to return home, with many others trying to enter neighboring Colombia.