Venezuela Labels Trump's Military Option Remark as 'Reckless'

Venezuela Labels Trump's Military Option Remark as 'Reckless'

Venezuela Labels Trump's Military Option Remark as 'Reckless'

Given this, "the National Constituent Assembly will act to accompany the head of state, Maduro, in the defense of our beloved Venezuela", Rodriguez said.

These follow last month's United States sanctions on Venezuela over the election of a loyalist legislative superbody that has the power to rewrite the constitution, which Washington called "illegitimate" and in service of a "dictator".

"We have many options for Venezuela, this is our neighbor", Trump added. He said the people in Venezuela were "suffering and they are dying".

"It's important for us to place responsibility for this catastrophe on (Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro's shoulders", McMaster said in an interview with MSNBC, an American television network.

Reuters reported Friday that the Pentagon said the White House hadn't given it any orders on Venezuela.

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

But Venezuela is a major OPEC member and supplies the United States with around 740,000 barrels per day - something the U.S. did not slap sanctions on.

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The Trump administration has sanctioned more than 30 of Maduro's loyalists since April.

The threats of the White House occur after the Bolivarian Government did not heed the "warnings" of Washington against the elections for the National Constituent Assembly, where more than eight million Venezuelans cast their votes.

The vice president is expected to meet with each country's leaders, deliver a major speech on U.S.

After days of heightened rhetoric over a nuclear-armed North Korea, President Trump said he also wouldn't rule out a "military option" in Venezuela.

More than 120 people have been killed and thousands arrested in four months of unrest.

The Socialist leader, with his country starving due to poor government policies and a bottoming out oil market is facing more and more pressure as he cracks down on opposition leaders, has reached out to the man he called a crass imperial magnate and blasts for US sanctions against officials in his socialist administration. "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.

The restrictions were introduced after the U.S. labeled as "illegitimate" the Constituent Assembly elections, which took place in Venezuela in June.

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