WASHINGTON DC – U.S. President Donald Trump says the United States could intervene militarily in politically-troubled Venezuela.

Trump has backed opposition leader Juan Guaido who has declared himself ‘Interim President,’ saying Sunday he and his administration have been working with him for some time.

Asked by Margaret Brennan on the CBS program ‘Face the Nation,’ whether the U.S. could get involved militarily in Venezuela, Mr. Trump replied:  “Well I don’t want to say that, but certainly it’s something that’s on the, it’s an option.”

The U.S. president revealed he had rejected a request some months ago by President Nicolas Maduro to have a meeting.

“I decided at the time, ‘no’ because so many really horrible things have been happening in Venezuela when you look at that country. That was the wealthiest country of all in that part of the world which is a very important part of the world. And now you look at the poverty and you look at the anguish and you look at the crime and you look at all of the things happening,” he said.

The stalemate continues with the U.S. joined by a number of other countries including Canada in recognising Guaido.

Maduro on Saturday sought to resolve the impasse proposing National Assembly elections due to be held next year, be brought forward.