US humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela is now sitting in a warehouse on the Colombian border.
The items were being packed by volunteers into individual bags for Venezuelan families. The first shipment includes food kits for 5,000 Venezuelans and high-protein nutritional supplements that can treat an estimated 6,700 young children with moderate malnutrition.
"He's got friends in places like Cuba and Russia", Abrams said.
The aid was requested by Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president last month with the support of the United States and several other Latin American countries.
Maduro's government has accused Guaido, who has galvanized Venezuela's opposition, of attempting to stage a USA -directed coup.
"I'd be really disappointed if we didn't have a deal", Scott said.
It's unclear what will break the standoff playing out at the Venezuela-Colombia border.
"Venezuela will not allow the show of. humanitarian aid because we do not beg from anyone", Maduro told reporters. Maduro has consistently denied that a humanitarian crisis is happening in the country, blaming food and medicine shortages on the USA sanctions, which have mostly targeted individuals and the state-owned oil company. The Venezuelan military has barricaded a bridge between the two nations with a tanker and two cargo trailers in an apparent attempt to block the aid. "What is important is that humanitarian aid be depoliticized and that the needs of the people should lead in terms of when and how humanitarian aid is used".
He said Venezuela is now experiencing the worst situation of any country in Latin America, with thousands dead and dying due to a lack of food and medicine.
Venezuela's socialist economic system has been severely hit following the collapse of world oil prices in 2014. Venezuela has gone from being one of the richest countries in the region, to the poorest.
Despite the warning, U.S. and Colombian officials have said they do not plan to use military force to get tens of millions of dollars of humanitarian aid into Venezuela.
Venezuela, already crippled by Maduro's economic policies, was plunged in political turmoil a year ago when he greatly reduced the power of the opposition-controlled National Assembly and created a parallel parliament that gave more control to regions of the country where he is more popular.
"I want to see how many military officers are willing to commit crimes against humanity by not allowing the lives of the most vulnerable to be saved, 250,000 to 300,000 are at risk of dying if they do not receive immediate attention", Guaido said during a gathering of university students.
The 35-year-old Guaido caused shockwaves in Venezuelan politics on January 23 when he declared himself acting president, a move quickly backed by the USA and subsequently around 40 countries.
He added that the Venezuelan military was degraded. He was arrested last month after he entered Venezuela clandestinely from Colombia.
Medina told a news conference at United Nations headquarters in NY: "I think we need the strength of the U.S., Brazil, Colombia".
Omaria Perez, 44, was at the entrance of the Tienditas bridge on Friday morning, on her knees writing messages on placards. They aim for "a peaceful solution and dialogue favorable for Venezuela".
The same day, Reuters reported that the United Nations warned against "politicizing humanitarian aid in Venezuela".