Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Trump Launches New Threat against Venezuela

Russian oil major to stick with Venezuela despite crisis Carlos Garcia Rawlins Reuters
Melinda Barton | 13 August, 2017, 10:08

The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it condemns "military measures and the use of force", and that all efforts to resolve Venezuela's crisis should be peaceful and respect its sovereignty.

The venezuelan government has accused Saturday the american president Donald Trump want to put in danger the stability of Latin America with its "threat" reckless "military option" in the face of the crisis that has engulfed the country.

"Venezuela categorically rejects the unfriendly and warmongering declarations of Trump, who has threatened us with a military intervention, in violation of United Nations principles and worldwide law", said the foreign minister.

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?"

Separately, Trump also said he would will speak with Chinas Xi Jinping tonight, adding that "were considering additional sanctions at a very, very high level" on North Korea.

"I'm not going to rule out a military option", Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club discussing recent events in Venezuela.

However, Maduro instructed Venezuela's foreign minister to approach the United States about arranging a meeting or phone call with Trump.

Maduro recently offered to meet with Trump at the United Nations to diplomatically resolve sanctions the US recently leveled at Venezuela.

Donald Trump is aching to be a war time president.

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.

However, the US Department of Defense said that "the Pentagon has received no orders" from the president regarding a Venezuela operation.

But the day after expelling Venezuela's ambassador in Lima, Peru said force is not the answer.

He also said the threats "violate the principles of the United Nations and the norms of global law".

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

Washington blames Maduro for the violence and has urged regional and worldwide governments to take strong action against his government.