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Trump Alarms Venezuela With Talk of a 'Military Option'

13 August 2017

"Solve your own problems, Donald Trump".

Donald Trump's talk of a "military option" for Venezuela may have drawn rebuke from several foreign governments, some even critical of President Nicolas Maduro, but so far it has been met with a resounding silence from the Venezuelan opposition.

Their efforts could be undermined if Maduro expands his crackdown on dissent, arguing as he has in the past that their tactics are a prelude to a US -backed coup.

Yet a number of leaders, amid prodding from the Trump administration, have lately been overcoming their reluctance to intervene in a neighbor's internal political affairs after looking the other ways for years on Venezuela.

But most Venezuelans tended to shrug the accusations off as the diversionary tactics of an unpopular leader.

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Vice President Mike Pence is heading to South America over the weekend, with stops including Colombia, Argentina and Chile.

"We reiterate that the unilateral economic sanctions imposed against the Venezuelan people are a flagrant violation of worldwide law and human rights, as well as an unacceptable interventionist implementation, whose only objective is to directly hinder the Bolivarian people and government of Venezuela in order to change the regime", the declaration stated.

Trump had said the military option was among a range of scenarios he was considering to fix the "very risky mess" in Venezuela.

Venezuelan authorities have long said USA officials were planning an invasion.

Venezuela has in turn accused the USA of "imperialist aggression".

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Harold Trinkunas, of Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation, said it was the strongest condemnation of any fellow government that he has seen in a generation.

According to the minister, Trump's real aim is not Venezuela, but the whole Latin American continent, which he wants to see in turmoil. "This is the Yankees doing this".

The menace, however, also gave Maduro's regime an unexpected opportunity to substantiate its daily refrain that it is a victim of a Washington plot to grab control of its oil reserves, the biggest in the world. "The president and the vice president have discussed the trip in depth and are totally aligned on the president's message to Venezuela and Latin America overall", said the spokesman, Jarrod Agen. The moves have sparked violent protests.

His arrest was ordered by the government-stacked Supreme Court less than 48 hours after it levied a similar sentence against Ramon Muchacho, another Caracas-area mayor.

In addition to urging her colleagues to remember the spirit of the 1999 constitution and of the former President and leader of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution Comandante Hugo Chávez, Rodríguez urged the country's right wing to put an end to the fascistic street blockades which have led to over a hundred deaths while seeking to overthrow the democratically elected socialist government. Loyalists warned of another Vietnam if Trump were to dare send Marines to Venezuela, as the United States last did in the late 19th century during an earlier period of political unrest. "He provided substance for Maduro's heretofore implausible conspiracy theories", said David Smilde, senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin American, a human rights think-tank.

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Trump Alarms Venezuela With Talk of a 'Military Option'