Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

The World Reacts to Trump's Military Threat Against Venezuela

The World Reacts to Trump's Military Threat Against Venezuela

United States President Donald Trump said on Friday he was considering military options as a response to the escalating crisis in Venezuela, a move the South American country quickly shot down as "craziness".

Mora, who is a Venezuelan-affairs analyst and former news anchor for "Good Morning America", said that although more than 80 percent of Venezuelans oppose the Maduro dictatorship, most also object to American troops violating the country's sovereignty due to long-held resentments towards the USA for meddling in the region.

Assembly president and former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez added, "Insults and aggression" against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would be rejected by the "anti-imperialist people of Venezuela".

"We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary", Mr. Trump told reporters in Bedminster. Venezuela's government has been severely criticised by the global community for creating a National Constituent Assembly (ANC), which will rewrite the Constitution.

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Also Saturday, Peru said "any attempted use of force, whether it's external or internal, undermines the objective of restoring democracy ... to Venezuela".

Mexico and Colombia joined in with statements of their own.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Sunday condemned Trump's threat to use the military option against Venezuela, and voiced Tehran's opposition to any foreign interference in the domestic affairs of Caracas.

Regional alliance Mercosur added it rejected the use of force against Venezuela, despite having indefinitely suspended the country last week amid global condemnation of Maduro's new, all-powerful legislative superbody.

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Bolivian President Evo Morales also condemned on Saturday the "armed interventionist eagerness by the United States against Venezuela", slamming the global community for keeping silent.

Latin American support for Venezuela against the USA threat comes on the eve of Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the region beginning Sunday.

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, spokesperson Rodrigo Granda: Let us not allow an invasion in the style of Granada or Panama to be repeated with impunity.

Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya: The aggression of the USA president against Nicolas Maduro exposes the violent character of the US government against the people of Venezuela.

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"So, I dont think he has enough political clout to exert any kind of influence in Latin America". "What I think Pence wants to do is shore up support to remove Maduro through other means".

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