In Venezuela : Trump's military intervention threat is crazy - Defence Chief

In Venezuela : Trump's military intervention threat is crazy - Defence Chief

In Venezuela : Trump's military intervention threat is crazy - Defence Chief

In his remarks to the press Trump was accompanied by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, with whom he held a meeting.

Later Friday, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said the Defense Department has not been ordered to make any military movements related to Venezuela - but is prepared for that if need be.

Donald Trump threatened a USA military intervention in Venezuela on Friday, a dramatic escalation in his administration's stance toward the Latin American country which is descending into political chaos.

And he stressed that they were issued by Trump a day after the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ratified his willingness to have talks with his US counterpart, adding "The moment has come for the worldwide community to stop USA aggression against the Venezuelan people".

Also Friday, the White House said Venezuela's Maduro had requested a phone call with Trump. He said the people in Venezuela were "suffering and they are dying".

Venezuela appears to be sliding toward a more volatile stage of unrest, with anti-government forces looting weapons from the military after the installation of an all-powerful new legislative body.

Protests have rocked the streets of Caracas and other Venezuelan cities in response to Maduro's move.

Trump's statement about not to "rule out" a military option in Venezuela was a "violation" of United Nations and global laws, Xinhua quoted Arreaza as saying. With the president increasingly concerned about Mueller's sniffing around, Trump may as well double down.

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Trump previously warned North Korea it faced the " fire and fury " of the American arsenal should it try attacking USA soil. Trump tweeted: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded , should North Korea act unwisely".

The Trump administration issued individual sanctions against Maduro and about two dozen socialist loyalists.

Meanwhile, Trump did not directly answer a question about whether the US troops would lead the potential operation.

Many citizens chose to skip voting in the election, which many saw as being Maduro's attempt to turn the country into a complete dictatorship.

At the same time he called for dialogue with the United States.

"But a military operation, a military option is certainly something that we could pursue", he said.

The constituent assembly, which the USA as well as the European Union and many Latin American countries have said they will not recognize, immediately granted itself the power to overrule the National Assembly following its July 30 election.

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

"Maduro is not just a bad leader, he is now a dictator", said McMaster, who accused the Venezuelan president of seizing "absolute power" through a "sham election".

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