Military option possible to tackle unrest in Venezuela says US President

Military option possible to tackle unrest in Venezuela says US President

Military option possible to tackle unrest in Venezuela says US President

But if any USA military contingency planning is under way, it must be in its early stages.

Venezuela's foreign minister said Mr Trump's words had been hostile and disrespectful and risked destablising Latin America.

"We have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away". He said the people in Venezuela were "suffering and they are dying". "And by the way, I'm not going to rule out a military option".

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said on Friday night that Trump's threat was an "act of craziness" and "extremism".

"As Minister of Defense and as a citizen I say this is a insane act, an act of supreme extremism", Padrino said via phone on state-owned television network VTV. If humanity will end.

Trump has been blasting Maduro's moves to consolidate power, describing him as a "dictator".

The United States is increasing pressure on Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

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The newly-established Constitutional Assembly of Venezuela announced itself superior to all other governmental institutions, including the opposition-controlled congress.

Venezuela is facing its worst political crisis in decades. Almost 130 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces.

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Maduro and his loyalists have long claimed that the United States is planning to invade the Socialist state.

The statement added that since the start of his administration, Trump had asked that Maduro respect Venezuela's constitution.

"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. "What's really required is for everyone to have one voice about the need to protect the rights and the safety of the Venezuelan people".

The timing of Trump's remarks could not be worse, coming on the eve of a four-nation Latin America trip by Vice President Mike Pence meant to showcase how Washington and regional partners can work together to promote democracy in the hemisphere.

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"Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand", he said.

Vice President Mike Pence kicks off a four-nation tour of Latin America on Sunday with a stop in Colombia, whose government - the staunchest USA 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.

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

Venezuelan officials said Caguaripano, who was discharged from the army in 2O14, had commanded around 20 uniformed men in the attack.

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.

During his participation in the event, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stated that "a regional dialogue is needed and I propose to ALBA and the powerful leaders of the countries present that we initiate, with your initiative, a dialogue with the governments of Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay, and as a single point, to restore the rules of respect for worldwide law and the established and effective principles of the founding charter of our community of states of Latin American and the Caribbean".

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The South American nation is also embroiled in an economic crisis that has led many to leave the country in search of easier access to food and medicine.

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