Trump 'won't rule out military option' against Venezuela

Trump 'won't rule out military option' against Venezuela

Trump 'won't rule out military option' against Venezuela

"Venezuela is a mess, it is very risky mess, and a very sad situation", Trump said during remarks to reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Friday.

Trump said he's "not going to rule out" a military option and added it's "certainly something that we could pursue".

The White House confirmed President Trump declined Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's phone call request on Friday amid growing political and social turmoil in the country.

In Washington, the Pentagon said the USA military was ready to support efforts to protect US citizens and America's national interests, but that insinuations by Caracas of a planned US invasion were "baseless".

Venezuela was "a mess, a very risky mess and a sad situation", Trump said, adding that people there were suffering and dying.

"Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering and they're dying", he continued.

Venezuela's defense minister says that security forces have captured the mastermind of a failed assault on a military base a week ago. If humanity will end.

It was one of Maduro's fiercest critics, Peru, that led the charge slamming Trump, saying his threat was against United Nations principles.

The country's communications minister, Ernesto Villegas, called the threat from the United States "an unprecedented threat to national sovereignty". "Reiterating all the terms of the Lima Declaration on Venezuela, Chile rejects the threat of military intervention in Venezuela".

Pence was expected to meet with the four countries' leaders, deliver a major speech on US-Latin American relations, tour the newly expanded Panama Canal and discuss the situation in Venezuela.

The 545-member assembly, which has the rights to amend the constitution and reorganize the government, "aims to fix the malfunction" plaguing the country's governing system, according to Delcy Rodriguez, the recently elected president of the new legislative body.

"Any insinuations by the Maduro regime that we are planning an invasion are baseless and are created to distract from his continued efforts to undermine the democratic process and institutions in Venezuela".

Critics quickly slammed Trump for needless escalating a situation that could isolate the United States in a region that has historically opposed heavy handed measures.

U.S. Treasury sanctions now ban Maduro from entering the United States. The reason why this sounds plausible to some people is because of the very high tensions all across Venezuela, which have been present over the past couple of years since the opposition began their effort to depose former President Chavez's successor but have really hit a crisis point in the past week following the election of the country's Constituent Assembly.

In months of protests and demostrations, Maduro has cracked down on his opposition, removing and arresting officials who defy him.

National Assembly President Julio Borges, leader of the country's opposition, has sent more than a dozen letters to leading global banks warning them of the risk to their reputations and bottom line if they throw a lifeline to Maduro. You know, we're all over the world.

The White House also last week confirmed that H.R. McMaster, the U.S. national security adviser, had met with Julio Borges, the president of Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly, for talks on how to resolve the issue.

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