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Trump Says He's Considering Military Response to Venezuela

Trump Says He's Considering Military Response to Venezuela

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will begin a two-day official visit Sunday to Colombia after President Donald Trump threatened neighboring Venezuela with potential military action.

Speaking to Journalists during an impromptu question and answer press conference, President Trump said that the people of Venezuela are suffering, and some are dying.

"If the impossible scenario of tarnishing our fatherland were ever to occur, our guns would arrive to New York, Mr. Trump, and we would take the White House", said Nicolas Maduro, the president's son, to loud applause. "President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country", said the White House in its statement.

The comments led Venezuela's defence minister Vladimir Padrino to brand Trump's suggestion "an act of craziness".

After four months of deadly protests against his government, Maduro says the assembly is Venezuela's only hope of obtaining peace by locking in the socialist policies of his mentor and predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez.

Regional alliance Mercosur added that it rejected the use of force against Venezuela, despite having indefinitely suspended the country last week amid worldwide condemnation of Maduro's new, all-powerful "constituent Assembly".

Venezuela is now witnessing volatile unrest, with the looting of arms and ammunitions from a military base by anti-government forces following the usurping of legislative powers from the opposition-dominated Congress by a new lawmaking body.

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If that wasn't enough, Maduro loyalists (a number of whom have recently been sanctioned by the Trump administration) have formed a new legislative body within the government that has taken for itself the power to rewrite the constitution.

Well before Maduro himself responded, governments in Latin America with a long memory of US interventions were quick to express alarm over what sounded to them like saber-rattling. Argentina's foreign minister said Mercosur countries also reject the use of force.

While Trump raised the specter of military intervention, his top national security aides have downplayed that possibility.

The attack dramatically ratcheted up tensions in Venezuela's long-running crisis, raising the prospect it could spill into some form of armed conflict.

"You've seen Maduro have some lame attempts to try to do that already", McMaster said in an interview that aired last Saturday on MSNBC.

Vice President Mike Pence kicks off a four-nation tour of Latin America on Sunday with a stop in Colombia, whose government - the staunchest US ally in South America - was quick to distance itself from Trump's remarks even while reiterating its concerns about a breakdown of democracy in Venezuela. "Provocative statements by @realDonaldTrump on North Korea and Venezuela are reckless", said Rep. Ted Lieu. Critics say the assembly is a bald maneuver by Maduro to cling to power as his popularity slumps under the weight of the country's economic crisis.

South American trading bloc Mercosur has spoken against Mr. Trump's latest comments on the Venezuela situation.


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