Donald Trump threatens military intervention in Venezuela

Donald Trump threatens military intervention in Venezuela

"It is very risky mess and a very sad situation", Trump said.

Trump's military warning came two days after his administration imposed new sanctions on Venezuela, targeting members of a loyalist assembly installed last week to bolster what Washington calls Maduro's "dictatorship".

The ringleader of a recent attack on a Venezuelan military base and another military officer in the raid have been captured, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said in a tweet on Friday. He added that it's "certainly something that we could pursue".

Regional alliance Mercosur added that it rejected the use of force against Venezuela, despite having indefinitely suspended the country last week amid global condemnation of Maduro's new, all-powerful "constituent Assembly". More than 120 people have died in unrest and anti-government protests since April. Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro on August 7 on his public television show Sundays with Maduro welcomed this intention to participate and again repeated his call for dialogue and reconciliation via the electoral route.

Countries from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, ALBA, have reiterated their support for the Venezuelan government at the "Sixth Extraordinary Meeting of the Political Council" in Caracas.

"No. I don't think so", McMaster said.

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Trump said Venezuela's political crisis was among the topics discussed at the talks he hosted at his golf club in New Jersey with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.

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

The White House said late Friday that Maduro requested a phone call with Trump.

"The time has come for worldwide organizations and multilateral forums in the region and in the world to reaffirm the validity of the norms of global law and to curb the most aggressive action of the U.S. empire against the Venezuelan people in more than a hundred years". 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.

Arreaza closed by reiterating Maduro's interest to have a conversation with Trump. Trump, according to an administration statement, will gladly speak with the nation's leader when democracy has been restored in the country.

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