'I'm not going to rule out a military option' in Venezuela

'I'm not going to rule out a military option' in Venezuela

On Friday evening Mr Trump told reporters the United States had "many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary".

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.

Later that day the White House issued a statement saying that Mr Trump had refused to take a phone call from Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro.

President Donald Trump on Friday said he would not rule out a "military option" in Venezuela. "President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country".

"We have plenty of options for Venezuela", Trump said to reporters last night.

Maduro said he is ready to receive a commission sent by CARICOM to facilitate dialogue with the opposition, as recently agreed by the Caribbean integration body at a summit in Grenada.

In the last two months, the United States government has sanctioned more than 20 Venezuelan government officials.

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Among the first steps taken by the ANC, which is empowered to modify and update the country's constitution, was the creation of a Commission for Truth, Justice, and Reparation for Victims to investigate that right wing violence which has created chaos in the country and invited meddling in Venezuelan affairs by external forces.

Countries from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, ALBA, have reiterated their support for the Venezuelan government at the "Sixth Extraordinary Meeting of the Political Council" in Caracas.

President Nicolas Maduro this year led the creation of the legislative superbody, an all powerful group known as the constituent assembly that was elected in July amid an opposition boycott. "But now the claim has been validated", said Mark Feierstein, who served as President Barack Obama's top national security adviser on Latin America. On Friday morning, Trump said "military solutions are now in place" should "North Korea act unwisely".

Vice President Mike Pence kicks off a four-nation tour of Latin America on Sunday with a stop in Colombia, whose government - the staunchest US ally in South America - was quick to distance itself from Trump's remarks even while reiterating its concerns about a breakdown of democracy in Venezuela.

Venezuela's newly installed constitutional assembly has made a decision to push up gubernatorial elections by two months to October, though many in the opposition see it as a false promise unlikely to ever materialize.

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.

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