Trump threatens ‘military option’ in Venezuela as crisis escalates

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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.

Donald Trump speaks to the press from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Picture: Jim Watson/ AFP/ Getty Images

When a reporter followed up to ask Trump if this military option would be US led, the president answered: We dont talking here it. A military operation, members of the military alternative is certainly something that we are capable of pursue.

The remarks come as Maduro has assembled a constituent assemble, in an electoral widely denounced by international observers, to amend the countrys constitution to cement his grip on influence. Maduro has also obliged the countrys chief prosecutor from power, while the United Nations has condemned the governments utilization of excessive action against protestors.

Although Venezuela has the worlds largest proved oil reserves, the world economy has collapsed in recent years as the country passed first by the late Hugo Chvez and then by his heir, Maduro, has resorted to increasingly autocratic measures to consolidate power.

Peru expelled Venezuelas ambassador on Friday as regional distres is built around Maduros government. Venezuela retaliated by ordering the heads of state of Perus embassy in Caracas to leave and announced Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski an enemy of Venezuela and of Latin American unity.

Trumps mentions come in the shadow of a 2002 coup assault against Chvez that he accused on the US. The takeover was launched after a murderous schism between marchers in support of a general strike clashed with government forces.

Associated Press contributed to this report .

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