US mulling ‘military option’ on Venezuela

- Agence France-Presse, BEDMINSTER (United States)

Aug 13, 2017-US President Donald Trump has said he is considering military options as a response to the escalating crisis in Venezuela, a move the South American country quickly shot down as “craziness.”

Washington has slapped sanctions on President Nicolas Maduro and some of his allies, and branded him a “dictator” over his attempts to crush his country’s opposition. Venezuela has in turn accused America of “imperialist aggression.”

But Trump’s latest comments were the first sign that he is mulling military intervention. “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary,” Trump told reporters on Friday. “We have troops all over the world in places that are very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering and they’re dying.”

Trump said Venezuela’s political crisis was among the topics discussed at the talks he hosted at his golf club in New Jersey with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. 

“Venezuela is a mess. It is very dangerous mess and a very sad situation,” Trump said.

Published: 13-08-2017 10:23

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