Trump's 'Crazy Act' Threatening Military Action in Venezuela

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

"We have troops all over the world in places that are very far away", Trump told reporters at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club after a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has offered his hand to Donald Trump while expressing interest in direct talks after a new wave of USA sanctions imposed on the troubled Latin American nation.

"Venezuela categorically rejects the unfriendly and warmongering declarations of Trump, who has threatened us with a military intervention, in violation of United Nations principles and global law", said the foreign minister.

"This is our neighbor", Trump said in reference to Venezuela. Earlier this week, Peru summoned top diplomats from the region to discuss Venezuela in Lima, Peru's capital, where 12 nations condemned the "rupture of democratic order" in Venezuela and said they would not recognize any action taken by the constituent assembly.

Maduro, who has in the past accused Washington of colluding with the opposition to unseat him, also indicated that the United States may have had a role in an attack on a military base in northern Venezuela last weekend.

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".

Donald Trump spoke to the press on Venezuela.

"Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand", Maduro said, adding that he wants as strong a relationship with the U.S.as he has with Russian Federation, according to The Associated Press.

The red line for the United States has been the election of the Constituent Assembly, last July 30.

Venezuelan officials say Mr Caguaripano was discharged from the army in 2014.

A week ago, Venezuela inaugurated a new legislative superbody that is expected to rewrite the constitution and give vast powers to Maduro's ruling Socialist Party.

President Trump declined to speak with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday after the South American leader requested a phone call with him, the White House said in a statement.

This has been widely derided as a power-grab by Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. U.S. Treasury sanctions now ban Maduro from entering the United States.

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