Trump warns USA may consider 'military option' on Venezuela

Trump warns USA may consider 'military option' on Venezuela

"Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand", the socialist president said, adding that he wants as strong a relationship with the U.S.as he has with Russian Federation.

"This is our neighbor", Trump said in reference to Venezuela.

He said: We have troops all over the world in places that are very far away.

Venezuela was "a mess, a very risky mess and a sad situation", Trump said, adding that people there were suffering and dying.

Assembly president and former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez added, "Insults and aggression" against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would be rejected by the "anti-imperialist people of Venezuela".

The White House later said that President Maduro had requested a phone call with the American president.

Donald Trump has said USA military intervention is an option in response to Venezuela's descent into political chaos.

Donald Trump speaks to the press from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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North Korea has lashed back at the USA following President Donald Trump's latest warnings. DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

President Donald Trump's threat of a "military option" in Venezuela seems to contradict the advice of his top national security adviser.

"This is not a coup but a civil and military action to re-establish constitutional order", said the leader, who gave his name as Juan Caguaripano.

The sanctions will freeze U.S. assets of the officials targeted, ban them from travel to the United States, and prohibit Americans from doing business with them.

Other Latin American countries also condemned Mr Trump's comments, including Mexico, Colombia and Peru, which said Mr Trump's threat was against United Nations principles.

Peru under President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has taken the toughest stance toward Venezuela's socialist regime as President Nicolas Maduro seeks to consolidate power and crack down on anti-government protests and unrest that have left 120 dead since April.

Maduro says the assembly, which has the power to re-write Venezuela's constitution, is needed to bring peace and prosperity to the oil-rich but economically ailing country. Senator Sasse, a member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, said that Congress does not plan to authorize a US-led war in Venezuela.

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has urged Mr Maduro to resign and called him a dictator. Maduro has also forced the country's chief prosecutor from office, while the United Nations has condemned the government's use of excessive force against protestors.

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