President Trump says he's not ruling out a military option in Venezuela

President Trump says he's not ruling out a military option in Venezuela

President Trump says he's not ruling out a military option in Venezuela

On Friday, President Donald Trump addressed the press from Bedminster, NJ, standing alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.

Meanwhile, the ringleader of an August 6 attack on a Venezuelan military base near the city of Valencia has been captured, Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino said in a tweet on Friday.

And he stressed that they were issued by Trump a day after the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ratified his willingness to have talks with his US counterpart, adding "The moment has come for the worldwide community to stop USA aggression against the Venezuelan people". It's our neighbor. We have troops all over the world, in places that are very far away.

USA officials previewing the trip before Trump's remarks said Venezuela is expected to feature prominently in Pence's discussions with leaders.

"The United States stands with the people of Venezuela in the face of their continued oppression by the Maduro regime", she added.

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It is not clear if Maduro requested the phone call with Trump before or after the president's remarks.

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The US has led a chorus of global alarm against the Maduro government in recent weeks, and has imposed sanctions on several high-ranking Venezuelans - including the president.

The vote was widely condemned by the United States and other countries as a fraudulent effort to thwart the will of most Venezuelans and transform the country from a democracy to a socialist dictatorship like Cuba.

Trump said a military option was "certainly something that we could pursue". With a struggling country, Maduro said capitalism was to blame for the issues, and by 2014, Venezuela was in economic recession.

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"We have many options for Venezuela , including a possible military option, if necessary", Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club on Friday.

Pence is set to arrive in Colombia on Sunday and is expected to meet with each of the countries' leaders, deliver a major speech on U.S.

The red line for the United States has been the election of the Constituent Assembly, last July 30.

He also was asked how Americans should feel about the tensions.

After months of violent protests, Maduro, accused of authoritarian tendencies, ordered the creation of a constituent assembly, controlled by the ruling party, to counter the opposition-dominated parliament.

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