Trump Won't 'Rule Out' Military Action Against Venezuela

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Trump Won't 'Rule Out' Military Action Against Venezuela

This is our neighbor ... we're all over the world, and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away.

The Venezuelan government said it would respond later on Friday to Trump's threat of intervention.

The White House says it has rejected a request from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to speak by phone with President Donald Trump.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center, with his wife Cilia Flores, left, and Constitutional Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez wave as they arrive to the National Assembly building for a session of the constitutional assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.

The political crisis in Venezuela appears to grow more volatile.

Trump's statement about not to "rule out" a military option in Venezuela was a "violation" of United Nations and worldwide laws, Xinhua quoted Arreaza as saying.

Trump's comments have sent shockwaves in Venezuela, with Vladimir Paduro, the country's Defense Minister terming them as an act of craziness.

Shortly after Trump raised the possibility of a military solution in Venezuela Friday, the Pentagon issued a statement saying that it hadn't received orders regarding Venezuela.

Elias Jaua, head of the Presidential Commission for the National Constituent Assembly, said that the ANC did not need the recognition of "any government".

Padrino added that Venezuela will release an official response soon.

"Maduro must be thrilled right now", said Feierstein.

Vicente Fox Quesada, a former president of Mexico and a vocal critic of Trump, denounced the USA president's threats and wrote on Twitter that violence was not the right way forward.

Vice President Pence leaves next week on a trip to South America, where he will visit Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Panama. "I think you know that answer to that", he said.

In remarks to reporters at his New Jersey golf club today, Trump said he wouldn't rule out a "possible military option" in Venezuela.

"Venezuela is a mess".

"If he's so interested in Venezuela, here I am", Maduro said.

The country is deep in a recession compounded by shortages of food and medicine, while anti-government protests have killed more than 120 people since April.

Venezuela is now witnessing volatile unrest, with the looting of arms and ammunitions from a military base by anti-government forces following the usurping of legislative powers from the opposition-dominated Congress by a new lawmaking body.

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