Trump says "US may take Military Action" against Venezuela

Russian oil major to stick with Venezuela despite crisis

Russian oil major to stick with Venezuela despite crisis

"We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary", Mr. Trump said.

The installation of this plenipotentiary body also generated the reaction of 17 countries of the Americas, which on Tuesday issued a strong condemnation in Lima of the crisis in Venezuela and said they will ignore the actions emanating from the Constituent Assembly.

Trump said Friday that a military option against Venezuela was on the table, describing the situation there as a "dangerous mess". It's our neighbor. We have troops all over the world, in places that are very far away. "It is not the first time that Trump has acted like this towards Venezuela, which has been besieged for a long time", said Cristobal Alva, a Venezuelan poet from Guatire in the northern state of Miranda. The US president stepped up his rhetoric on Venezuela on Friday, warning he would not rule out a military option for Venezuela.

As to US military action against Venezuela, the Pentagon said it had not received any such orders from the White House.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino called it "an act of craziness", warning that in the event of United States aggression, the nation's military would lead the defense of "the interests and sovereignty of our beloved Venezuela".

"The United States stands with the people of Venezuela in the face of their continued oppression by the Maduro regime", the statement continued.

The Trump administration has characterized Maduro as a dictator and announced sanctions against government officials.

President Trump's threats to Nicolas Maduro came in a week where the Republican has warned North Korea of decisive action should Kim Jong-un's government threaten Washington or its allies. "And by the way, I'm not going to rule out a military option".

Violent demonstrations since April have left more than 120 people dead in the country.

Elias Jaua, head of the Presidential Commission for the National Constituent Assembly, said that the ANC did not need the recognition of "any government".

Senator Ben Sasse criticized Trump on Friday night for the president's remarks made earlier in the day in New Jersey.

Trump did not indicate if a military option would be lead by US troops. The protests were sparked by President Maduro's decision to institute a new legislative assembly, usurping the powers of the country's Congress, which is controlled by the opposition.

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