Trump warns U.S. may consider 'military option' on Venezuela

Trump warns U.S. may consider 'military option' on Venezuela

Trump warns U.S. may consider 'military option' on Venezuela

Vladimir Padrino, Venezuela's defence minister, said on Friday night that Trump's threat was an "act of craziness" and "supreme extremism".

Trump's remarks came amid escalating tensions between Washington and Caracas over Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) which was formed after an election on July 30.

"We have many options for Venezuela, I'm not ruling out military options", he said.

"The people are suffering and they are dying".

Peru said on Friday it was expelling Venezuela's ambassador to Peru to protest the country's recent formation of an all-powerful constituent assembly that has been widely condemned as a power grab by socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

"It's important for us to place responsibility for this catastrophe on (Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro's shoulders", McMaster said in an interview with MSNBC, an American television network.

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However, his request seems to have been ignored, with the White House stating that Trump would only consider talking to Maduro once democracy is restored in Venezuela.

It's unclear if Trump would even have the constitutional authority to send troops to the South American country without congressional approval.

"The United States stands with the people of Venezuela in the face of their continued repression by the Maduro regime".

US President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday he was considering military action against Venezuela in response to its government tearing down democratic institutions.

Mark Feierstein, one of Obama's senior aides on Venezuela, told Reuters that Trump's threat will likely backfire.

Venezuela's government has been severely criticised by the worldwide community for creating a National Constituent Assembly (ANC), which will rewrite the Constitution.

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Following the sanction, United States firms and individuals have been prevented from conducting business with Maduro.

Violent demonstrations since April have left more than 120 people dead.

The Trump administration has issued a series of sanctions against Maduro and more than two dozen current and former Venezuelan officials.

The unexpected warning shocked many Venezuelans.

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has urged Mr Maduro to resign and called him a dictator.

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