Trump Said The US Isn't Ruling Out Military Intervention In Venezuela

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Still, as with North Korea (to which Trump issued the "locked and loaded" threat on the same day) the president jumped from sanctions to military threats when on Friday he said that the United States has "many options for Venezuela, including a military option, if necessary".

Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said in a tweet that Juan Carlos Caguaripano, the alleged ringleader of the August 6 attack on a military base near Valencia, had been captured.

The Pentagon has said that #The United States military is prepared to support efforts to secure U.S. citizens and other American interests in Venezuela.

"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.

Padrino added that Venezuela will release an official response soon.

"The Pentagon has received no orders", said Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon, referring questions to the White House.

Trump declined to say whether American troops would lead a possible military effort in Venezuela, saying: "We don't talk about it".

The U.S. government, which backs the opposition coalition, condemned the election for the ANC, claiming it "undermines the Venezuelan people's right to self-determination".

Argentina said dialogue and diplomacy were the only ways to promote democracy in Venezuela.

Trump said Friday that he had not ruled out possible military action in Venezuela in response to growing political and social turmoil in the country.

The unexpected warning shocked many Venezuelans.

He also said that the U.S. has troops in distant lands and Venezuela is much closer to home, hinting at the ease the United States soldiers will have once they get the nod from the President. "Mr. Lopez and Mr. Ledezma are political prisoners being held illegally by the regime", Trump said in a statement earlier this month, referencing Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma, two of Maduro's top political opponents. The protests were sparked by President Maduro's decision to institute a new legislative assembly, usurping the powers of the country's Congress, which is controlled by the opposition.

Venezuela's government has been severely criticised by the global community for creating a National Constituent Assembly (ANC), which will rewrite the Constitution.

Venezuela is in a state of turmoil as Maduro's party moves to strengthen its grip on power.

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