President Trump Does Not Rule Out Military Options On Venezuela

Wall Street Journal: Trump Won’t Rule Out Military Option for Venezuela

‘Venezuela is a mess,’ president says.

President Donald Trump warned of possible military action in Venezuela on Friday, even as he amplified threats of an armed response to North Korea missile buildup.

Mr. Trump said a military option is possible in Venezuela, though he provided few details, while the president also stepped up his warnings to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he spoke at a press conference at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., on Friday.

“I’m not going to rule out a military option,” Mr. Trump told reporters when asked about the situation in the South American country. “Venezuela is a mess.”

“We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary,” he said.

The remarks came a day after President Nicolás Maduro said in a speech to the newly formed constituent assembly that he wanted to speak with Mr. Trump by phone or meet him when he visits the U.S. next month for the United Nations General Assembly. “If he is so interested in Venezuela, here I am,” Mr. Maduro said Thursday. “Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand.”

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WNU Editor: President Trump was elected on a platform to not intervene in other countries. In the case of Venezuela .... I am not surprised that there are military options, but any U.S. intervention in that country would then mean that the U.S. would be responsible for fixing it .... and considering the monies and resources involved .... an unbelievably stupid option to pursue right now. But in the end .... Venezuela is a country that is on the brink of becoming a failed state that will impact the entire Americas. A political solution will have to be devised (and probably imposed) .... whether strongmen like Venezuelan President Maduro agrees to it or not. But until then .... whether we like it or not .... this crisis will have to run its course.

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