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Venezuela defense chief calls Trump intervention threat 'crazy'

Venezuela defense chief calls Trump intervention threat 'crazy'

Venezuela's defense minister called Trump's talk of a military intervention an act of "craziness" and "supreme extremism".

Trump's comments on Venezuela come amid rising tensions over US relations with North Korea, which has threatened a missile launch toward the USA territory of Guam over what it perceives as Trump's aggressive posturing.

The Pentagon said after Trump's words that it had not received any order on Venezuela from the White House.

"We have troops all over the world in places that are very far away". Trump added that Washington is considering several options to intervene in Venezuela, one of them being military action should its need arise.

According to the White House, Trump today rejected a phone call from Maduro.

He described the South American nation as a "neighbor" that would be easy to strike militarily. Trump responded. "Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump, that I can tell you".

Maduro and other top Venezuelan officials were sanctioned by the Trump administration in July after Maduro installed a constituent assembly composed of the loyalists of his Socialist Party, and cracked down on and arrested many opposition figures, a move that drew condemnation from world leaders. "A military operation, a military option is certainly something that we could pursue".

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As to USA military action against Venezuela, the Pentagon said it had not received any such orders from the White House.

President Donald Trump says he's considering possible military action against Venezuela in response to President Nicolas Maduro's power grab.

When asked about military options following Trump's comments Friday, a USA official told ABC News that "the State Department still has the lead".

Weeks ago the United States imposed sanctions on Maduro, terming him a dictator.

The U.S. government, which backs the opposition coalition, condemned the election for the ANC, claiming it "undermines the Venezuelan people's right to self-determination".

On Thursday, Maduro referenced Trump during an address to the Venezuelan constitutional assembly, inviting a dialogue with the American leader.

The remarks come as Maduro has convened a constituent assembly, in an election widely denounced by global observers, to amend the country's constitution to cement his grip on power.