President Trump Won't 'Rule Out' US Military Action In Venezuela

  • President Trump Won't 'Rule Out' US Military Action In Venezuela

President Trump Won't 'Rule Out' US Military Action In Venezuela

After Trump's remarks, Reuters quoted a Defense Department spokesperson as saying, "the Pentagon has received no orders" on Venezuela. Trump said during a brief news conference Friday at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Padrino, as quoted by ABC News, told state television: "It is an act of supreme extremism". "And, by the way, I'm not going to rule out a military option".

McMaster said it was important for the USA and its neighbors to speak with a single voice in defense of Venezuela's democracy.

"Trump's is the gravest and most insolent threat ever voiced against the homeland of Bolívar", tweeted communications secretary Ernesto Villegas.

"In light of the measure adopted by the Peruvian government, we find ourselves in the lamentable obligation to expel the charge d'affaires of Peru in Venezuela", a Venezuelan foreign ministry statement read.

"Maduro is not just a bad leader, he is now a dictator", said McMaster, who accused the Venezuelan president of seizing "absolute power" through a "sham election".

North Korea's continued nuclear proliferation is responsible for Trump's talk of a potential military intervention. But a military intervention would be an extraordinary escalation.

"Our fear is that you really have a low-intensity civil war, which would produce a humanitarian crisis of great proportions", Luna said in an interview in his offices in Lima.

As part of President Maduro's plan to de-escalate the simmering situation in the Bolivarian Republic, he sought to give the population a democratic voice in drafting a new constitution to address their concerns, but the opposition boycotted it and afterwards contested its turnout results and overall legitimacy.

Military engagement in the turmoil in the South American country would mark a vast escalation in USA participation, which has thus far been limited to rebukes from the White House and economic sanctions. "But a military certainly something we could pursue".

"As a president, I appeal to him, to President Donald Trump: Stop aggression toward Venezuela".

In response, Venezuela's defense minister said that Trump's threat of military intervention was "a insane act".

The Venezuelan government on July 30 held an election that Trump administration labeled a "sham".

President Nicolas Maduro has been under intense criticism around the world for installing a new all-powerful assembly that supersedes the Venezuelan congress and is packed with Maduro loyalists.

Some Venezuelans may see hope in the comments, but Farnsworth said they will largely be counterproductive as it allows Maduro and his allies to promote the image of the United States as imperialist bullies. It has not placed sanctions on the OPEC member's oil industry.

Venezuela possesses a stockpile of 5,000 Russian-made MANPADS surface-to-air weapons, according to military documents reviewed by Reuters.

When Trump was asked if the military options might include USA troops on the ground, he demurred.

The United Nations Security Council was briefed behind closed doors on Venezuela in May at the request of the United States.