Latin America rejects Trump's Venezuela invasion threat

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 14, 2017

"Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying".

The Trump administration must also work to convince the European Union to sanction significantly more members of the Maduro government, many of whom have family members living overseas in luxury after stealing hundreds of billions of dollars from the Venezuelan treasury, because "broader sanctions could help splinter Maduro's support and encourage a transition away from dictatorship".

"We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary", Trump told reporters at his golf club retreat in New Jersey, northeast of the United States. Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday" that Venezuela "could very much become a risk" to the US if it descended into further chaos.

Caracas has since responded to the threat and is preparing defense measures.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Saturday Venezuela rejected "hostile" threats and called on Latin America to unite against Washington.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes announced that Brazil does not support military intervention in Venezuela. "Our path is that of diplomacy, politics and negotiation".

President Nicolas Maduro and his government have faced strong criticism from several Latin American nations over the controversial Constituent Assembly, which has the power to rewrite the country's constitution.

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Mora added that the option of some sort of more limited military action would not be effective enough to achieve any significant aims.

Former Argentine Ambassador to Venezuela Alicia Castro: And the one who endorses a U.S. intervention in his continent, risking the life and peace of us all, is also a miser.

The United States and Venezuela have not exchanged ambassadors since 2010. It is an attack on the sovereignty of the Venezuelan people.

Meantime, Pence has scheduled other stops in Argentina, Chile and Panama, giving speeches and meeting with leaders.

"The president never takes options off the table in any of these situations and what we owe him are options", he said. There are evil presidents, and also people of solidarity.

Firing back at Trump's threat, Maduro's son - speaking as a newly elected assembly member - said rifles would "arrive and take the White House" if Venezuela was "tarnished" by U.S. military intervention.

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