"We don't care what Europe says".
CUPE defended its position Monday when contacted by CBC News.
In his State of the Union speech in September 2018, he said the bloc must "improve our ability to speak with one voice" and that "the time for European sovereignty has come".
Maduro has overseen several such military drills since Guaido declared himself president to display he has the backing of the military, and that Venezuela's armed forces are ready to defend the country.
"Certainly, it's something that's on the - it's an option", Trump said, adding that Maduro requested a meeting months ago.
Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza accused the European Union of officially submitting to the USA strategy to overthrow the Venezuelan government. Given the history of USA involvement in the region, the actions of Guaido have all the signs of a coup d'état.
Instead, major European nations had to scramble to individually recognize the Venezuelan National Assembly leader as interim president on February 4 after their deadline for Venezuelan regime leader Nicolas Maduro to hold fresh elections passed.
Before the closed-door meeting got under way, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned a "dictatorship willing to use force and fear" to maintain its power.
The Lima Group has agreed to prevent high-level Venezuelan officials from entering territory of group members.
Opposition demonstrators take part in a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, called by opposition leader and self-proclaimed "acting president" Juan Guaido, near Parque Cristal in Caracas, Venezuela on January 30, 2019.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a visit to Japan that Guaido "is the legitimate interim president".
Body found amidst plane wreckage
A search boat recovered the wreckage of the aircraft on the English channel this morning according to Sky News . The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said footage shows one occupant visible in the crashed plane.
"We want to see free and fair elections for the people to make a democratic decision in Venezuela", Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said.
Guaido lost no time Monday in building on broadened global support, with his fledgling alternative administration announcing February 14 talks in Washington on responding to "the largest hemispheric humanitarian crisis in modern history". Recently, while in Central America, Francis called for a "just and peaceful" solution to the crisis in Venezuela.
CLC President Hassan Yussuff is also the president of the Trade Confederation of the Americas, which includes the labour movement in South America.
The group will also suspend military cooperation with the Venezuelan government and said in a declaration that it will evaluate restricting loans to the Venezuelan government at organizations of which Lima Group countries are members.
Russian Federation and China, who have poured billions of dollars of investment and loans into Venezuela, are supporting Mr Maduro in an extension of their geopolitical tussle with the United States.
"I think Canada has an important role to play, but I think we have to distinguish that very differently than the interest of the United States", said Yussuff in an interview with CBC News. "I would like to reaffirm. our actions and our co-operation with the Lima Group, along with Canada, and all the countries". The protesters had varied backgrounds, but some represented organized labour.
French President Emmanuel Macron said much the same.
Maduro has offered to call parliamentary elections; however, Le Drian insisted that only a presidential election could end the crisis "because it's a presidential regime" in Venezuela.
"There's no doubt that there's problems. I hope to receive a positive response", he said.
They urged Venezuela's military to support Guaido and "not to impede" the delivery of aid. No mention was made of the current situation: millions of Venezuelans don't have enough to eat, there are massive shortages of basic medicines and the country's inflation rate is slated to rise to 10 million per cent this year.
Trudeau announced $53 million worth of humanitarian assistance for the "most pressing needs" of Venezuelans.