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Trump singles out Venezuela for criticism in UN speech

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- President Donald Trump has singled out Venezuela during a speech to the U.N. as a threat to democratic principles alongside North Korea, Iran and Syria.

Trump says President Nicolas Maduro's government has brought an oil-rich nation to the "brink of collapse." He accused Maduro of stealing power from elected representatives to preserve his "disastrous rule."

He said: "The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing."

Trump spent nearly as much time criticizing Venezuela as North Korea, Iran and Syria -- the three countries labeled the "axis of evil" by former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Trump has paid special attention to Venezuela this week, discussing the crisis at a dinner with the leaders of Brazil, Colombia, Panama and Argentina.

The U.S. has imposed economic sanctions on Venezuela.