Latin America closes ranks after Trump threatens to use military in Venezuela

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

Maduro has reached out to Trump on more than one occasion, but his unwillingness to return to a more democratic government in Venezuela is likely to prevent that from happening.

President Donald Trump warned Friday that USA military resources were in place, "locked and loaded", should North Korea "act unwisely", as foreign leaders called on Washington and Pyongyang to end a cycle of rhetorical threats raising the specter of nuclear war.

The government of Colombia is also rejecting President Donald Trump's suggestion of a possible "military option" to resolve the deepening crisis in Venezuela.

"There is an extremist elite in the United States government", he added, "and I really don't know what is happening and what will happen in the world".

Trump has been blasting Maduro's moves to consolidate power, describing him as a "dictator".

More than 120 people have died in protest-linked incidents since April.

The political crisis in Venezuela appears to grow more volatile.

H.R. McMaster, Trump's National Security Adviser, flatly told MSNBC earlier this month that military intervention from any outside source was not a possibility.

"You've seen Maduro have some lame attempts to try to do that already", McMaster said in an interview that aired last Saturday on MSNBC. "Provocative statements by @realDonaldTrump on North Korea and Venezuela are reckless", said Rep. Ted Lieu.

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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 vice president's trip will highlight the divide between the past and present of Latin America", said Jarrod Agen, a Pence spokesman, in a statement sent before Trump's Thursday comments.

Arreaza added that "the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela once again warns the worldwide community of the serious threats that are ever increasing".

The US government has sanctioned more than 20 Venezuelan government officials in the last few weeks.

In addition to urging her colleagues to remember the spirit of the 1999 constitution and of the former President and leader of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution Comandante Hugo Chávez, Rodríguez urged the country's right wing to put an end to the fascistic street blockades which have led to over a hundred deaths while seeking to overthrow the democratically elected socialist government.

Arreaza closed by reiterating Maduro's interest to have a conversation with Trump.

Venezuela's newly installed constitutional assembly has made a decision to push up gubernatorial elections by two months to October, though many in the opposition see it as a false promise unlikely to ever materialize.

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro had requested a phone call with Trump, the White House said.

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