U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has told a crowd in Florida that it is time to take action to end the socialist regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Pence told Venezuelans in Miami that Washington was working toward a “peaceful transition” so opposition leader Juan Guaido rises to power, but he reassured them President Donald Trump’s administration would further weaken Maduro.

Pence told a crowd at a church in the Doral suburb that it was not time for dialogue and all options were on the table.

Before his speech, Pence sat down with a college professor who says he was physically assaulted by armed pro-government groups. He also heard from other Venezuelan refugees such as a former city councilman who says he was accused of being a CIA agent.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center on the political crisis in Venezuela on Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center on the political crisis in Venezuela on Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Sen. Marco Rubio speaks to the media after a rally about the political crisis in Venezuela on Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Sen. Marco Rubio speaks to the media after a rally about the political crisis in Venezuela on Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis shake hands before Pence speaks at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center on the political crisis in Venezuela on Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis shake hands before Pence speaks at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center on the political crisis in Venezuela on Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Vice President Mike Pence arrives to speak at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center for a roundtable discussion on the political crisis in Venezuela with community leaders in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Vice President Mike Pence arrives to speak at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center for a roundtable discussion on the political crisis in Venezuela with community leaders in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., shakes the hand of Raul Diaz, a Venezuela exile, during a round table discussion on the political crisis in Venezuela on Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., shakes the hand of Raul Diaz, a Venezuela exile, during a round table discussion on the political crisis in Venezuela on Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
A supporter cheers and celebrates during Vice President Mike Pence's speech at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center on the political crisis in Venezuela on Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
A supporter cheers and celebrates during Vice President Mike Pence’s speech at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center on the political crisis in Venezuela on Friday, Feb. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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