On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened #Venezuela with #Military Intervention, escalating U.S. response to the crisis now going on in the country, a move Caracas described as “craziness”.
Trump remark comes less than 24 hours after dictator Nicolás Maduro announced he had ordered his foreign ministry to reach out to Washington for “in person” talks with the president, hoping to schedule them for September, when Maduro seeks to visit NY for the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
“The people are suffering and they are dying”. The US president stepped up his rhetoric on Venezuela on Friday, warning he would not rule out a military option for Venezuela.
In response to Maduro’s actions, Peru has ordered the expulsion of the Venezuelan ambassador from Lima.
It’s unclear if Trump would even have the constitutional authority to send troops to the South American country without congressional approval.
Maduro hasn’t made the same kind of threats toward the USA or its allies like North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has. In a move deemed a strategic mistake by analysts, former President Barack Obama declared Venezuela a “national security threat” and issued sanctions against several officials.
Taking a short break from threatening to rain down fire on North Korea, President Trump turned his 0.4-second attention span to Venezuela on Friday to blithely threaten the country with military action.
He added it was “certainly something that we could pursue”.
More than 120 people have been killed and thousands of people, including opposition activists, have been arrested during the past four months.
Donald Trump spoke to the press on Venezuela. The protests were sparked by President Maduro’s decision to institute a new legislative assembly, usurping the powers of the country’s Congress, which is controlled by the opposition.
Meanwhile, Venezuela is also being pressurised by Peru, who has criticised its new constituent assembly.
Although Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves, its economy has collapsed in recent years as the country led first by the late Hugo Chávez and then by his successor, Maduro, has resorted to increasingly authoritarian measures to consolidate power.