Trump´s military threat "an act of craziness", says Venezuela´s defense minister

Trump´s military threat

Trump´s military threat "an act of craziness", says Venezuela´s defense minister

"And, by the way, I'm not going to rule out a military option", said Trump.

In a lengthy address to the 545 members of a new, all-powerful constitutional assembly Thursday evening, Maduro instructed the nation's foreign minister to approach the USA about arranging a telephone conversation or meeting with Trump.

A Department of Defense spokesperson said, "The Pentagon has received no orders as of yet".

The statement drew immediate push-back, including from the Colombian Foreign Ministry, which condemned any "military measures and the use of force", and said that efforts to resolve Venezuela's breakdown in democracy should be peaceful and respect its sovereignty. "I don't think any decent person would blame him for considering options for putting an end to the people's suffering by putting an end to Maduro".

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.

Venezuela's government responded by accusing Trump of seeking to destabilize Latin America. "What's really required is for everyone to have one voice about the need to protect the rights and the safety of the Venezuelan people".

"Military force must be the last option, not the first".

From New Jersey Friday, Trump would not comment on the possibility of a "regime change" in the country when it was raised during a question that also asked about the ongoing tensions between the USA and North Korea.

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Pence's trip will also take him to Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; and Panama City, Panama, where he is expected to deliver a number of speeches, meet with the country's leaders and tour the newly expanded Panama Canal.

Argentinean global law expert Paola de Simons told Xinhua that Trump was sending out "a warning, (as a) foreign threat, which belongs to what were decades ago".

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

A firm and clear response, which means that it won't see more than a few seconds of coverage in the press.

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.

The centrist leader said in an interview for Reuters Latin American Investment Summit that Maduro had lost any remaining credibility since forming the constituent assembly, an all-powerful body made up of Maduro's Socialist Party loyalists.

The South American nation is also embroiled in an economic crisis that has led many to leave the country in search of easier access to food and medicine.

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