President Trump Won't 'Rule Out' US Military Action In Venezuela

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"I'm not going to rule out a military option, we have many options for Venezuela", Trump said, referring to the current situation in the country as being "a mess".

Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino branded Trump's threat as "a insane act", on Friday.

On Friday, Trump blasted Venezuela's leader, President Nicolas Maduro, as a "dictator", saying that the crisis in the country could prompt a U.S. military response.

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

"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.

"If the US soils the homeland, the rifles would come to NY and take the White House", said Nicolas Maduro Guerra according to Politico.

Taking a short break from threatening to rain down fire on North Korea, President Trump turned his 0.4-second attention span to Venezuela on Friday to blithely threaten the country with military action.

"But a military operation, a military option is certainly something that we could pursue", he said.

The statement added that since the start of his administration, Trump had asked that Maduro respect Venezuela's constitution.

Meanwhile, Trump did not directly answer a question about whether the US troops would lead the potential operation.

He formerly accused Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of being a "dictator", for holding national elections to select the members of a Constituent Assembly, with power to rewrite the national constitution. Until now, the United States has advocated a regional response, through the Organization of American States.

Asked about the possibilities for USA intervention in the country now led by President Nicolas Maduro - whom the Trump administration has labeled a "dictator" - the president went out of his way to discuss utilizing the armed services.

Writing on Twitter, Morales stated that "we condemn the armed interventionist eagerness by the United States against Venezuela, a country which seeks peace in dialogue".

"If he's so interested in Venezuela, here I am", the socialist president said.

Venezuela is in a state of turmoil as Maduro's party moves to strengthen its grip on power.

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