Trump threatens Venezuela with military intervention

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Trump told reporters that he would not rule out a "possible military option" in Venezuela, which has long grappled with political and economic crisis.

In a odd parallel with his tactics in dealing with North Korea, President Donald Trump on Friday threatened military action in Venezuela, intervening in the country's political crisis, Reuters reports.

Trump's statement on possible military intervention came after he had repeatedly threatened North Korea if it threatens the us, its territories or its allies.

He said: We have troops all over the world in places that are very far away. 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.

Venezuela's Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino said President Trump's suggestion was "an act of craziness".

Padrino added that Venezuela will release an official response soon.

Maduro said he had also given orders, "if it can happen", for a face-to-face meeting to be organised with Trump when heads of state and government from around the world gather in NY on September 20.

A reporter asked if he meant to say the USA would lead a military operation in the South American country.

Donald Trump speaks to the press from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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

When a reporter followed up to ask Trump if this "military option" would be United States led, the president responded: "We don't talk about it".

Argentina said dialogue and diplomacy were the only ways to promote democracy in Venezuela. When asked about the ratcheted-up rhetoric in recent weeks between the USA and North Korea, Trump said there are good options on the table for dealing with the tensions, but that a bad option was a possibility.

Delcy Rodriguez, president of Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly, ANC, has announced that the political body will work alongside Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in the face of the military threat posed by U.S. President Donald Trump. Normally, such a declaration by a United States president would spark extended debate and command the world's full attention. Most recently, on Wednesday the USA sanctioned the brother of deceased former leader Hugo Chavez - Adan, who was appointed secretary of Venezuela's new "all powerful" constituent assembly.

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