Venezuela rejects Trump talk of military option

The World Reacts to Trump's Military Threat Against Venezuela

Venezuela calls Trump's warning 'crazy act'

"You know, we are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away".

The Trump administration must also work to convince the European Union to sanction significantly more members of the Maduro government, many of whom have family members living overseas in luxury after stealing hundreds of billions of dollars from the Venezuelan treasury, because "broader sanctions could help splinter Maduro's support and encourage a transition away from dictatorship". "We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary", Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying.

Politicians, journalists and social movements from around the world have also responded to Trump's threat.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Saturday said that Trump's comments threatened peace and stability in his country.

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Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes announced that Brazil does not support military intervention in Venezuela.

Moscow has substantial leverage in the negotiations: Cash from Russian Federation and Rosneft has been crucial in helping the financially strapped government of Mr Maduro avoid a sovereign debt default or a political coup.

The Southern Common Market, Mercosur, also issued a statement alluding to Trump's threat.

"The repudiation of violence and any option involving the use of force is unavoidable and constitutes the fundamental basis of democratic coexistence, both internally and in global relations".

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Mora added that the option of some sort of more limited military action would not be effective enough to achieve any significant aims.

The president of Venezuela's new Constituent Assembly, the controversial body elected to rewrite the Venezuelan Constitution amid the country's political crisis - fired off a series of tweets late Friday slamming Trump's remarks as "cowardly, insolent and vile threats", CNN reported.

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

Trump, like a child with new toy, has just discovered that threatening Venezuela and North Korea can improve his image in the United States. It is an attack on the sovereignty of the Venezuelan people. He was set to visit Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Panama. There are evil presidents, and also people of solidarity.

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One such example, Mora said, is Human Rights Watch's Jose Miguel Vivanco, who tweeted that "Perhaps since Chavez named him his successor, no one had helped Maduro as much as Trump and this nonsense".

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