In an area of greater Miami known as "Doral-zuela" due to its vibrant Venezuelan community,support Friday for opposition leader . The as the legitimate president in Venezuela over the socialist government of that has been in power for two decades.
"Nicolas Maduro is a dictator with no claim to power," Pence said about the head of the South American government who has been at the center of the recent political and economic maelstrom. "And Nicolas Maduro must go."
Pence told the room filled with Venezeulan exiles that"asked me to be here to show our unwavering commitment to the good people of Venezuela. For too long the people of Venezuela have suffered under the heavy hand of oppression but now there is hope. There is hope in Venezuela."
A few people in the crowd broke out in impatient applause, but then eased up to let Pence continue.
"As President Trump said just last week: The fight for freedom has begun," Pence said then abruptly had stopped because the room interrupted him with applause and exuberant cheers.
"Let's be clear," Pence said. "This is no time for dialogue. This is time for action. And the time has come to end the Maduro dictatorship once and for all."
Pence reiterated comments made Mr. Trump and other administration representatives that the United States is willing to move beyond just diplomatic avenues if Maduro does not step down.
"The United States will continue to assert all diplomatic pressure to bring about a peaceful transition to democracy," Pence said, then paused to say his next words slowly, and bluntly. "But those looking on should know this: All options are on the table."
"And Nicolas Maduro would do well not to test the resolve of the United States," Pence added sternly.
Ahead of his remarks, Pence held a roundtable listening session with Venezuelan exiles and community leaders including families, political prisoners and former elected officials who were forced to flee their country due to political persecution, according to CBS Miami.
Earlier in the week,with another "Vietnam" if they decided to physically intervene into Venezuela.
"The U.S. intends to invade us, they will have a Vietnam worse than they can imagine" Maduro said in an interview with a Russian news agency.
Following Pence's speech, Venezuelan-state run television, Tele Sur, showed Maduro marching with a couple thousand members of the Venezuelan military on Friday.
Maduro, wearing a military hat, said he was firmly in control of the Venezuelan armed forces as commander in chief.
Kathryn Watson contributed to this report.