Trump Considering Military Response to Venezuela

Trump Considering Military Response to Venezuela

"In light of the political climate and recent events in Venezuela. we want to ensure that Credit Suisse does not provide the means for anyone to violate the human rights of the Venezuelan people", reads the memo, which was seen by Reuters. The effort ultimately foundered as Maduro hardened his stance against opposition critics.

On Thursday, Maduro declared that Venezuela's new Constituent Assembly holds supreme power over all branches of government, even over his position, and that its work - ostensibly to rewrite the constitution - would return "peace" to the country.

Assembly president and former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez added in her tweets that "insults and aggressions" against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would be rejected by the "anti-imperialist people of Venezuela".

Trump said a military option was "certainly something that we could pursue".

Speaking to Journalists during an impromptu question and answer press conference, President Trump said that the people of Venezuela are suffering, and some are dying.

On Friday evening, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said the Defense Department has not been ordered to make any military movements related to Venezuela - but is prepared for that if need be.

Well before Maduro himself responded, governments in Latin America with a long memory of USA interventions were quick to express alarm over what sounded to them like saber-rattling.

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Earlier this week, the Trump administration imposed new sanctions on Venezuela, targeting members of the new all-powerful constituent assembly.

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

Venezuelan officials said Caguaripano, who was discharged from the army in 2O14, had commanded around 20 uniformed men in the attack. He has been accused of setting up a powerful constitutional assembly to push aside opposition.

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.

A statement from the #White House said on Friday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested a telephone conversation with President Trump but the White House turned it down and stated that Trump would only speak to the Venezuela's President when democracy was fully restored in the country.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna said in a statement that it condemned "all foreign or domestic threats to resort to force undermine the goal of reinstating democratic governance in Venezuela, as well as the principles enshrined in the United Nations charter".

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