Trump not ruling out military options in Venezuela

"We have many options for Venezuela and by the way, I'm not going to rule out a military option", Trump volunteered, adding, "A military operation and military option is certainly something that we could pursue".

Trump made the statement during a press conference on the growing concerns of military action in North Korea, immediately raising the specter of United States intervening in two conflicts simultaneously, including one in our own hemisphere.

"Trump is, in some way, validating all the options the United States has against Venezuela, since former President Barack Obama declared the country an unusual and extraordinary threat to US national security in 2015", he explained.

Maduro often accuses the United States of plotting invasions and coup attempts.

Maduro and former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez have long argued that the US has been trying to undermine them and want to force a coup in the country.

That statement drew quick condemnation, including from the Colombian Foreign Ministry, which opposed any "military measures and the use of force", and said efforts to resolve Venezuela's breakdown in democracy should be peaceful and respect its sovereignty.

H.R. McMaster, Trump's National Security Adviser, flatly told MSNBC earlier this month that military intervention from any outside source was not a possibility.

Military engagement in the turmoil in the South American country would mark a vast escalation in US participation, which has thus far been limited to rebukes from the White House and economic sanctions.

Former national guard Capt. Juan Caguaripano was captured in Caracas along with an active-duty soldier who allegedly collaborated with a small group of civilians and former officers that last Saturday raided a major military base in Valencia and walked off with a cache of weapons.

Here are a few more reactions.

A senior U.S. administration official said the tour would involve discussions on how USA "partners and friends" were looking to the "future" regarding that country, while others were stuck in the "past".

Arreaza closed by reiterating Maduro's interest to have a conversation with Trump.

"I think they're very different places, so I don't want to comment".

One can only imagine how disappointed the younger Maduro will be to arrive in NY only to discover that the White House is actually more than 220 miles away to the southwest.

Meanwhile, Venezuela is also being pressurised by Peru, who has criticised its new constituent assembly.

After stifling all democratic opposition in his nation and essentially turning Venezuela into a communist dictatorship, President Nicolas Maduro responded to some tough talk from President Donald Trump by offering to set up a phone call and discuss matters.

Vanessa Coleman

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