Speaking to Journalists during an impromptu question and answer press conference, President Trump said that the people of Venezuela are suffering, and some are dying. "And by the way, I'm not going to rule out a military option". Yesterday, the US President said they were looking at many options, including military action. The Venezuelan government continued its plans and shortly after the elections, Maduro was sanctioned.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson skipped a key meeting of the Organization of American States in June, depriving some Caribbean countries that depend on Venezuelan oil shipments of the political cover they were looking for to abandon their support for Maduro. Senator Sasse, a member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, said that Congress does not plan to authorize a US-led war in Venezuela.
The Pentagon has said that #The United States military is prepared to support efforts to secure USA citizens and other American interests in Venezuela.
Venezuela is facing its worst political crisis in decades.
General Vladimir Padrino, Venezuela's defense minister, dismissed the threat as "an act of craziness, an act of supreme extremism".
The protests, which began in April, have left more than 100 people dead. Peru's government has expelled Venezuela's ambassador as regional pressure builds on President Nicolas Maduro's government for allegedly trampling on the constitutional order.
Donald Trump's talk of a "military option" for Venezuela may have drawn rebuke from several foreign governments, some even critical of President Nicolas Maduro, but so far it has been met with a resounding silence from the Venezuelan opposition.
It adds that "the repudiation of violence and any option that implies the use of force is inalienable and constitutes the fundamental basis for democratic coexistence".
Arreaza called Trump the "boss of the empire" and said his comments fit a pattern of aggression against Venezuelan sovereignty and violate global law and the United Nations charter.
"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", the White House responded in a statement.
Maduro says the protests are a violent effort to overthrow his government and assures that the constituent assembly will bring peace to the country.