'Sanctions not solution to Venezuela crisis'

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

Taking questions from reporters at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump said, "We have many options for Venezuela".

Venezuela's defense minister called Trump's talk of a military intervention an act of "craziness" and "supreme extremism".

Latin American nations led by Peru are negotiating a written rebuke of U.S. President Donald Trump after he said the United States was considering a "military option" involving Venezuela, as the crisis-stricken country prepares its own response.

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

General Vladimir Padrino, a close ally of Maduro, said: "With this extremist elite that's in charge in the USA, who knows what will happen to the world?"

"The people are suffering and they're dying", he added.

"Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand", Maduro said Thursday, offering to meet with the president.

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. "Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump, that I can tell you".

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Trump declined to give more details about the possibility of USA forces leading an operation in Venezuela.

If that wasn't enough, Maduro loyalists (a number of whom have recently been sanctioned by the Trump administration) have formed a new legislative body within the government that has taken for itself the power to rewrite the constitution.

Trump did not indicate if a military option would be lead by US troops.

At the same time he called for dialogue with the United States.

The constituent assembly, which the United States as well as the European Union and many Latin American countries have said they will not recognize, immediately granted itself the power to overrule the National Assembly following its July 30 election.

Facing a major economic downturn, the country has been embroiled in national unrest between Maduro, who is moving to rework the country's constitution to consolidate his power - and his opposition, which has been mounting protests against Maduro for almost a year.

"I don't want to comment because I think they're very different places so I don't want to comment", said Trump. U.S. Treasury sanctions now ban Maduro from entering the United States.

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