Amid North Korea Threat, Trump Weighs Military Action In Venezuela

Amid North Korea Threat, Trump Weighs Military Action In Venezuela

Speaking to reporters at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, Mr Trump bemoaned the growing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and declared that all options remain on the table, including potential military action.

President Trump's threat, however, is a major escalation and seen as an "act of craziness" by Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino.

These comments came as Trump has been threatening a military response if North Korea continues provoking the U.S. The statement said: "Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country". Venezuela is not far away and people are suffering and dying.

"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.

Assembly president and former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez added, "Insults and aggression" against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would be rejected by the "anti-imperialist people of Venezuela".

The White House said Mr Maduro had requested a phone call with his United States counterpart on Friday.

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Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino called it "an act of craziness", warning that in the event of U.S. aggression, the nation's military would lead the defense of "the interests and sovereignty of our beloved Venezuela".

"Mr Donald Trump, here is my hand", the socialist President told delegates at the constitutional assembly, adding that he wants as strong a relationship with the USA as he has with Russian Federation.

"Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand", the socialist president said, adding that he wants as strong a relationship with the U.S.as he has with Russian Federation. "The Venezuelan government will continue to deepen relations with the heroic Peruvian people despite the actions of the elite that governs Peru", Venezuela's foreign ministry said in a statement.

The Trump administration has sanctioned more than 30 of Maduro's loyalists since April. The U.S. government has also banned them from travel to the United States.

He also was asked how Americans should feel about the tensions. With a struggling country, Maduro said capitalism was to blame for the issues, and by 2014, Venezuela was in economic recession.

The restrictions were introduced after the United States labeled as "illegitimate" the Constituent Assembly elections, which took place in Venezuela in June.

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