Venezuela rejects Trump talk of military option

Venezuela rejects Trump talk of military option

Venezuela rejects Trump talk of military option

President Donald Trump's statement last week that the US has "many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary" was meant to strike fear into Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, but instead more likely boosted the dictator's fortunes, Antonio Mora wrote in an opinion piece in The Hill.

Speaking from Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump told reporters that his administration is considering taking action against the South American country in the wake of the National Constituent Assembly. "You know, we are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away".

Mora stressed that the saying, "threats are often ineffective, and idle threats always are", applies in this case, because "unless the Maduro government took more drastic action against USA interests, President Trump would have an impossible task in rallying support on Capitol Hill or among the American public for any substantial military move in Venezuela", and the global community would be even less cooperative. Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday" that Venezuela "could very much become a risk" to the USA if it descended into further chaos.

Caracas has since responded to the threat and is preparing defense measures.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Saturday Venezuela rejected "hostile" threats and called on Latin America to unite against Washington.

"The time for the big stick has passed", he said.

Moscow has substantial leverage in the negotiations: Cash from Russian Federation and Rosneft has been crucial in helping the financially strapped government of Mr Maduro avoid a sovereign debt default or a political coup.

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The Southern Common Market, Mercosur, also issued a statement alluding to Trump's threat.

Also Saturday, Peru said "any attempted use of force, whether it's external or internal, undermines the objective of restoring democracy ... to Venezuela".

Earlier, Latin American countries had strongly condemned the United States threat of military intervention against Venezuela.

"The president never takes options off the table in any of these situations and what we owe him are options", he said.

Trump, like a child with new toy, has just discovered that threatening Venezuela and North Korea can improve his image in the United States. It is an attack on the sovereignty of the Venezuelan people.

Meantime, Pence has scheduled other stops in Argentina, Chile and Panama, giving speeches and meeting with leaders.

The White House has condemned President Nicolás Maduro's regime for human rights abuses.

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