US diplomat arrives for expected rebuke from Venezuela

FILE - In this July 5, 2013 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, speaks with Defense Minister Admiral Diego Molero, right, during a

A life-size cutout of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez waving his nation's flag stands on a balcony at Venezuela's embassy in Lima, Peru, Friday

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center, with his wife Cilia Flores, left, and Constitutional Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez wave as they arr

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center, flanked by his wife Cilia Flores, left, and Constitutional Assembly President Delay Rodriguez, arrive to

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro waves upon arrival to the National Assembly building to attend a session of the Constitutional Assembly in Caraca

Pedestrians pass Venezuela's embassy in Lima, Peru, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Peru's government has expelled Venezuela's ambassador as regional pressure

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela has arrived to hear what is likely to be a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump's talk of a "military option" to resolve the country's political crisis.

A straight-faced Lee McClenny walked into the colonial government building known as the Yellow House in Caracas on Saturday morning along with other foreign diplomats for a meeting with Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. He did not make any comments.

Following the meeting Arreaza is expected to deliver a government statement responding to Trump's remarks, which have been panned by government allies as a dramatic escalation of the country's political conflict.

The United States and Venezuela have not exchanged ambassadors since 2010. McClenny has been serving as charge d'affaires in Caracas since 2014.