President Trump Won't 'Rule Out' US Military Action In Venezuela

President Trump Won't 'Rule Out' US Military Action In Venezuela
President Trump Won't 'Rule Out' US Military Action In Venezuela
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13 August, 2017

Trump said Friday that he wouldn't rule out a "military option" in response to the crisis.

He said: We have troops all over the world in places that are very far away. Venezuela is not far away and people are suffering and dying.

In response to Maduro's actions, Peru has ordered the expulsion of the Venezuelan ambassador from Lima.

In a later statement, the White House also said Trump had rejected a proposed phone call with Maduro, saying he would not speak to him until "democracy is restored".

Maduro and his government have faced growing opposition from the United States and major Latin American nations over the controversial legislative superbody, which sparked months of deadly protests across the country.

As Politico reported, the U.S. Treasury Department has already hit Venezuela with a series of sanctions targeted at Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

The statement added that since the start of his administration, Trump had asked that Maduro respect Venezuela's constitution.

Venezuelans in late July elected to give the South American country's ruling party virtually unlimited powers, a move that many believe is aimed only at securing Maduro's increasingly authoritarian rule.

Venezuela's defense minister responded Friday evening that such talk is "craziness".

Donald Trump has said United States military intervention is an option in response to Venezuela's descent into political chaos.

"The U.S. administration reaffirms its imperialist and neoliberal policy against the Venezuelan people", Arreaza said during a press conference.

The country is deep in a recession compounded by shortages of food and medicine, while anti-government protests have killed more than 120 people since April.

Ben Sasse, a senator from Nebraska and a member of the Senate Armed Service Committee, criticized the new position of the President on the Venezuelan crisis.

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. "Here I am", he reportedly said during a speech at the constituent assembly, a new body that was elected amid global condemnation and allegations of electoral fraud late last month.


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