Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Military option possible to tackle unrest in Venezuela says US President

Military option possible to tackle unrest in Venezuela says US President

"We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary", Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club on Friday.

Venezuela's defense minister called Trump's talk of a military intervention an act of "craziness" and "supreme extremism".

Amid heightened tensions and nuclear threats with North Korea, President Donald Trump on Friday told reporters that a "military option" is not off the table to solve the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he would not rule out the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela.

He said: We have troops all over the world in places that are very far away.

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"We had some very good meetings, some very good ideas, very good thoughts, and a lot of decisions were made", Trump said following the briefing, without providing details.

Mercosur members regard dialogue and diplomacy as the only possible option for achieving democracy in Venezuela, a statement by Argentina's Foreign Ministry said.

The White House later said that President Maduro had requested a phone call with the American president.

"Venezuela is not far away", Trump said, referring to the close proximity of the country in Latin America.

The US has led a chorus of worldwide alarm against the Maduro government in recent weeks, and has imposed sanctions on several high-ranking Venezuelans - including the president.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stated that a new constitution would help resolve the nation's political standoff. Trump, and we would take the White House", said Nicolas Maduro , the president's son, to loud applause.

When a paranoid loon like Nicolas Maduro tells his people for years that the readying an invasion and then the US president pulls a "military option" out of the blue, Trump makes Maduro look like a soothsayer.

But the day after expelling Venezuela's ambassador in Lima, Peru said force is not the answer. Most recently, on Wednesday the United States sanctioned the brother of deceased former leader Hugo Chavez - Adan, who was appointed secretary of Venezuela's new "all powerful" constituent assembly. "Instead, Maduro chose the path of dictatorship", Trump added.

Writing on Twitter, Morales stated that "we condemn the armed interventionist eagerness by the USA against Venezuela, a country which seeks peace in dialogue".

On July 31 the United States imposed legal and financial sanctions against the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, describing as a "dictator".

Some experts say that Trump's aggressive comments could work in Maduro's favor, helping the leader to boost his standing as Venezuela's defender.

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