Venezuela rejects Trump talk of military option

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

President Donald Trump said on Friday that he's considering possible military action against Venezuela in response to President Nicolas Maduro's power grab. He said the people in Venezuela were "suffering and they are dying".

Trump said Friday that a military option against Venezuela was on the table, describing the situation there as a "dangerous mess".

The Venezuelan government had previously responded to the sanctions - which already targeted Maduro himself - by saying the U.S. was "making a fool of itself in front of the world".

"This regime's disregard for the will of the Venezuelan people is unacceptable, and the United States will stand with them in opposition to tyranny", he added. Senator Sasse, a member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, said that Congress does not plan to authorize a US-led war in Venezuela.

Venezuela's Defence Minister accused Mr Trump of "an act of madness" calling the US President's comments about military options "an act of supreme extremism". More than 120 people have died in unrest and anti-government protests since April.

The Pentagon has said that #The United States military is prepared to support efforts to secure USA citizens and other American interests in Venezuela.

On Friday, according to a report from the Daily Caller News Foundation, Trump refused to take a phone call from Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's new constituent assembly has been criticised as being anti-democratic, and the United States has imposed sanctions on Maduro, as well as a number of officials in recent weeks.

Maduro said he is ready to receive a commission sent by CARICOM to facilitate dialogue with the opposition, as recently agreed by the Caribbean integration body at a summit in Grenada.

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

"The time has come for worldwide organizations and multilateral forums in the region and in the world to reaffirm the validity of the norms of global law and to curb the most aggressive action of the U.S. empire against the Venezuelan people in more than a hundred years".

The crisis has fueled the street demonstrations that have gripped Venezuela for the past four months.

Following the meeting Arreaza is expected to deliver a government statement responding to Trump's remarks, which have been panned by government allies as a dramatic escalation of the country's political conflict.

Maduro has come under fire by the opposition and my the major countries in the Americas for seeing over the establishment of a new assembly filled with loyalists given powers to override the legislature, controlled by the opposition since 2015.

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