Sen. Marco Rubio on Friday encouraged members of Venezuela's military to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and said soldiers who tried would be supported by other countries.
"The world would support the Armed Forces in #Venezuela if they decide to protect the people & restore democracy by removing a dictator," Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted Friday morning.
"Soldiers eat out of garbage cans & their families go hungry in #Venezuela while Maduro & friends live like kings & block humanitarian aid," he added.
Rubio and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., have called for tighter sanctions on Venezuela to protest Maduro's repression of political opponents. The country is suffering through food shortages and a broader economic crisis.
The Trump administration has already sanctioned Venezuela in response, but Rubio and Menendez last month called for the creation of a United Nations special envoy to Venezuela to monitor the situation.