Amid North Korea Threat, Trump Weighs Military Action In Venezuela

14 Août, 2017, 03:52 | Author: Lucrece Courtet
  • Mr Trump spoke from his golf resort in New Jersey flanked by Rex Tillerson the secretary of state and Nikki Haley Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations

President Donald Trump said he would not rule out the use of military force in Venezuela in response to a growing crisis in the South American country led by Nicholas Maduro, according to news reports late Friday.

Trump on Friday said he would not rule out the USA pursuing "a military option" against Venezuela, which has come under increased pressure for its human rights abuses.

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 US about arranging a telephone conversation or meeting with Trump.

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.

The Trump administration has been putting pressure on Colombia to curb the flow of drugs into the USA, and Colombia has stepping up its forced eradication program and increased seizures of cocaine.

The Trump administration slapped sanctions on Venezuela after a July 30 vote that allowed Maduro to replace the opposition-dominated National Assembly with a new 545-member Constituent Assembly filled with his supporters. The vice president is expected to meet with each of the country's leaders, deliver a major speech on U.S.

"I think they consider Pence more predictable and measured", she said.

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Arreaza added that "the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela once again warns the global community of the serious threats that are ever increasing".

In Colombia, Pence is also expected to highlight trade, business investment and other ties between the nations, including United States support for the country's efforts to implement its peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

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

Here are a few more reactions.

The U.S. Treasury now has sanctions in place against 21 Venezuelan officials, including Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Vice President Tareck El Aissami, Prosecutor-General Tarek William Saab, the Minister of Justice Nestor Reverol and Adan Chavez, brother to late President Hugo Chavez.

One can only imagine how disappointed the younger Maduro will be to arrive in NY only to discover that the White House is actually more than 220 miles away to the southwest. Peru's government has expelled Venezuela's ambassador as regional pressure builds on President Nicolas Maduro's government for allegedly trampling on the constitutional order.

The White House said Maduro requested a phone call with Trump on Friday, which the administration appeared to spurn, saying in a statement that Trump would gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela once democracy was restored.


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