Latin America rejects Trump's military threat against Venezuela

Reuters

Reuters

"Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course that he's "not going to rule out" a military option".

The political crisis in Venezuela appears to grow more volatile.

Donald Trump's talk of a "military option" for Venezuela may have drawn rebuke from several foreign governments, some even critical of President Nicolas Maduro, but so far it has been met with a resounding silence from the Venezuelan opposition.

The Pentagon has said that #The United States military is prepared to support efforts to secure U.S. citizens and other American interests in Venezuela.

Maduro has reached out to Trump on more than one occasion, but his unwillingness to return to a more democratic government in Venezuela is likely to prevent that from happening.

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The authorities in Caracas were shocked by the U.S. President's comments, with Venezuela's Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino describing the threat of military intervention "an act of craziness".

Violent demonstrations vigorously countered by security forces have killed almost 130 people since the beginning of April.

"The United States condemns the actions of the Maduro dictatorship". Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro on August 7 on his public television show Sundays with Maduro welcomed this intention to participate and again repeated his call for dialogue and reconciliation via the electoral route.

In a statement, Colombia's Foreign Ministry condemned "military measures and the use of force" and said all efforts to resolve Venezuela's crisis should be peaceful and respect its sovereignty. In a statement before the constituent assembly elections, the US President warned the Venezuelan government that there would be sanctions if the elections happened.

"No. I don't think so", McMaster said.

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"Military force must be the last option, not the first".

"The daring threats of President Donald Trump intend to drag Latin America and the Caribbean into a conflict that would permanently alter the stability, peace and security of our region", Arreaza said at a press conference. On Friday morning, Trump said "military solutions are now in place" should "North Korea act unwisely".

Arreaza called Trump the "boss of the empire" and said his comments fit a pattern of aggression against Venezuelan sovereignty and violate worldwide law and the United Nations charter.

The US government has sanctioned more than 20 Venezuelan government officials in the last few weeks. Trump, according to an administration statement, will gladly speak with the nation's leader when democracy has been restored in the country.

These two very different responses to the convening of the National Constituent assembly demonstrate the divisions and current rudderless nature of the opposition in Venezuela.

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