In a surprise intervention, Donald Trump said he has not been able to rule in exploiting military force as the two countries condescends greatly into civil unrest
Donald Trump menaced a US military involvement in Venezuela on Friday, a dramatic escalation in his government stance towards the Latin American country which is descending into political chaos.
Trump obliged the statements in response to questions from reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Asked what alternatives were available for the US in dealing with Venezuela, which has descended into civil unrest under the leadership of chairman Nichols Maduro, Trump responded by explicitly not ruling out military force.
We have countless an opportunity for Venezuela and by the way, Im not going to rule out a military option, he said.
We have countless an opportunity for Venezuela, this is our neighbor, Trump included. Were all over the world and we have units all over the world in places that are very very far away, Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering and vanishing. We have countless an opportunity for Venezuela including a probable armed alternative if necessary.
Vladimir Padrino, Venezuelas defence minister, said here on Friday night that Trumps threat was an act of craziness and supreme extremism.
General Vladimir Padrino, a close ally of Maduro, enunciated: With this extremist society thats in charge in the US, who knows what will happen to the world?
Jose Miguel Vivanco, the Americas head for Human Rights Watch, tweeted: Perhaps since[ Hugo] Chvez referred him his successor , no one had helped Maduro as much as Trump and this nonsense he said today.
The White House released the following statement saying it had repudiated a request from Maduro to speak by telephone with Trump. The explanation replied: Trump will gladly speak with the heads of state of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country.
The surprise intervention caps a few weeks of increasingly bellicose hyperbole placed at North Korea.
Venezuela has appeared to slide toward a most volatile stage of unrest in recent periods, with anti-government magnetisms looting weapons from the military after the installation of an all-powerful brand-new legislative assembly.