Trump Says He’s Not Ruling Out Military Option Against Venezuela

Responding to Trump, Padrino told state television, "It is an act of craziness".

President Trump said Friday that he is "not going to rule out a military option" to confront the autocratic government of Venezuela President Nicolás

Maduro and the deepening crisis in the South American country.

The Pentagon has said that #The

United States military is prepared to support efforts to secure USA citizens and other American interests in

Venezuela. "... We're all over the world, and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. But I support peace, I support safety and I support having to get very tough if we have to to protect the American people and also to protect our allies", Trump said.

Trump told reporters that the people of

Venezuela are suffering and dying and that there are several options on the table for

Venezuela which include possible military intervention if necessary.

McMaster told broadcaster MSNBC, "You've seen

Maduro have some lame attempts to try to do that already", adding that it was important for the U.S. and its neighbors to speak with a single voice in defense of

Venezuela's democracy.

Shortly after Trump raised the possibility of a military solution in

Venezuela Friday, the Pentagon issued a statement saying that it hadn't received orders regarding


Venezuela was already emerging as the great regional theme of the vice president on his trip and now he will see how the leaders of those four countries react to Trump's declarations, 28 years after the last USA military invasion of Latin America.


Venezuela is a major OPEC member and supplies the USA with around 740,000 barrels per day - something the U.S. did not slap sanctions on.

The US administration has been increasing pressure on

Maduro in recent weeks, but especially since the election of the

Constituent Assembly, imposing more individual sanctions on government officials, who have included the Venezuelan president himself.

North Korea's continued nuclear proliferation is responsible for Trump's talk of a potential military intervention.

Some officials there have long accused the

United States of planning an invasion and earlier this year, a former military general told Reuters news agency that

anti-aircraft missiles were on the country's coast - just in case.


Venezuela is also being pressurised by Peru, who has criticised its new

constituent assembly. The protests were sparked by President

Maduro's decision to institute a new legislative assembly, usurping the powers of the country's Congress, which is controlled by the opposition.

Facing a major economic downturn, the country has been embroiled in national unrest between

Maduro, who is moving to rework the country's constitution to consolidate his power - and his opposition, which has been mounting protests against

Maduro for almost a year. The United Nation's' human rights office said earlier this month that Venezuelan security forces have used excessive force and arbitrarily detained thousands of people.

The vice president is expected to meet with each country's leaders, deliver a major speech on U.S.

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