Venezuela rejects Trump talk of military option

Venezuela rejects Trump talk of military option

"We are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away", Mr. Trump said.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he would not rule out a "military option" in Venezuela, a claim seemingly contradictory to the view of his top national security adviser.

The dramatic escalation in rhetoric seemed to upend carefully crafted US policy that has stressed working with regional partners to increase pressure on Maduro.

"This U.S. administration has a deep inclination to militarism and that simply has to be denounced", he said.

USA engagement with other countries has not been constant and may have benefited more from the deteriorating situation in Venezuela than any concerted diplomatic outreach. "He provided substance for Maduro's heretofore implausible conspiracy theories", said David Smilde, senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin American, a human rights think-tank.

The president's comments will also complicate the calculus of Latin American leaders, many of whom had been speaking out against Maduro's actions. "Instead Maduro has chosen the path of dictatorship".

Maduro said he wants as strong a relationship with the he has with Russian Federation, saying, "Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand".

"Now they will have little option other than to unite at least rhetorically against the Trump threat to 'send in the Marines, '" Schneider said.

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"For years he's been saying the preparing an invasion, and everyone laughed".

Ms. O'Neil said Mr. Trump's words might also help Mr.

And on Friday, the government's new Constituent Assembly was moving ahead to establish a so-called truth commission, which would serve as a new tribunal to investigate crimes. "This regime's disregard for the will of the Venezuelan people is unacceptable, and the United States will stand with them in opposition to tyranny until Venezuela is restored to a peaceful and prosperous democracy".

"Well, you know, there's a long history in the region of American intervention and that's caused problems in the past", he said.

"The Maduro regime has refused to heed this call, which has been echoed around the region and the world".

Pence arrives in Colombia on Sunday to begin his Latin America tour, during which discussions on how to deal with Venezuela were expected to feature prominently.

After four months of deadly protests against his government, Maduro says the assembly is Venezuela's only hope of obtaining peace by locking in the socialist policies of his mentor and predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez. The moves have sparked violent protests. His schedule includes stops in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; and Panama City.

In its second session earlier this week, the ANC approved an agreement which establishes the guidelines for the coexistence of the five Powers which make up the Venezuelan State, including the Executive, led by President Maduro.