President Trump Says He Won't 'Rule Out' Military Option In Venezuela

President Trump Says He Won't 'Rule Out' Military Option In Venezuela

President Trump Says He Won't 'Rule Out' Military Option In Venezuela

Following Trump's assertion that military intervention in Venezuela was an option, Maduro's critics are caught between backing the idea of a foreign invasion of Venezuela or supporting a president they call a dictator.

During his participation in the event, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stated that "a regional dialogue is needed and I propose to ALBA and the powerful leaders of the countries present that we initiate, with your initiative, a dialogue with the governments of Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay, and as a single point, to restore the rules of respect for global law and the established and effective principles of the founding charter of our community of states of Latin American and the Caribbean".

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said on Friday night that Trump's threat was an "act of craziness" and "extremism".

The president of Venezuela's new Constituent Assembly - the controversial body elected to rewrite the Venezuelan Constitution amid the country's political crisis - fired off a series of tweets late Friday slamming Trump's remarks as "cowardly, insolent and vile threats".

The comment marked a serious escalation in rhetoric for the United States and threatened to undermine Washington's efforts to rally regional support to isolate Maduro.

Venezuela is undergoing a crisis in which millions are suffering from food and medicine shortages and high inflation.

"Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand", Maduro said, adding that he wants as strong a relationship with the U.S.as he has with Russian Federation, according to The Associated Press. "But now the claim has been validated", said Mark Feierstein, who served as President Barack Obama's top national security adviser on Latin America.

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's new constituent assembly has been criticised as being anti-democratic, and the U.S. has imposed sanctions on Maduro, as well as a number of officials in recent weeks.

"No. I don't think so", McMaster said.

"The vice president's trip will highlight the divide between the past and present of Latin America", said Jarrod Agen, a Pence spokesman, in a statement sent before Trump's Thursday comments. On Friday morning, Trump said "military solutions are now in place" should "North Korea act unwisely".

"Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand", he said.

Venezuela's newly installed constitutional assembly has chose to push up gubernatorial elections by two months to October, though many in the opposition see it as a false promise unlikely to ever materialize.

Not even the frustration over Trump's decision to partially roll back Obama's opening to Cuba - a diplomatic thaw that was applauded across the region's political spectrum - or his constant talk of building a border wall to keep out immigrants got in the way of presenting a united front toward Maduro.

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