Venezuela calls Trump's warning of possible military action a 'crazy act'

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

"We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary", Trump said.

The White House said late Friday that Maduro requested a phone call with Trump.

Among the first steps taken by the ANC, which is empowered to modify and update the country's constitution, was the creation of a Commission for Truth, Justice, and Reparation for Victims to investigate that right wing violence which has created chaos in the country and invited meddling in Venezuelan affairs by external forces.

Venezuela's Defence Minister accused Mr Trump of "an act of madness" calling the US President's comments about military options "an act of supreme extremism".

The assault highlighted the growing volatility in the oil-rich but economically-ailing country after four months of sustained anti-government protests and unrest in which more than 120 people have been killed.

Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said in a tweet that Juan Carlos Caguaripano, the alleged ringleader of the August 6 attack on a military base near Valencia, had been captured. In a statement before the constituent assembly elections, the US President warned the Venezuelan government that there would be sanctions if the elections happened.

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Well before Maduro himself responded, governments in Latin America with a long memory of USA interventions were quick to express alarm over what sounded to them like saber-rattling.

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

The president did not answer a question about whether American troops would lead a potential operation. On Friday morning, Trump said "military solutions are now in place" should "North Korea act unwisely".

"The time has come for worldwide organizations and multilateral forums in the region and in the world to reaffirm the validity of the norms of global law and to curb the most aggressive action of the U.S. empire against the Venezuelan people in more than a hundred years". "President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country".

Not even the frustration over Trump's decision to partially roll back Obama's opening to Cuba - a diplomatic thaw that was applauded across the region's political spectrum - or his constant talk of building a border wall to keep out immigrants got in the way of presenting a united front toward Maduro.

The sanctions followed Friday's installation of a legislative superbody known as the constituent assembly, made up entirely of allies of the ruling Socialist Party and armed with the power to re-write the constitution.

Other reports by GizPress

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