President Donald Trump hasn't ruled out a military response to Venezuela


The President of the United States of America said he was prepared to consider many options for addressing the unrest in Venezuela "including a possible military option, if necessary". Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering and they're dying.

The White House said Trump would only agree to speak with Maduro "as soon as democracy is restored in that country", after the Venezuelan leader requested a phone call with the American president.

On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened #Venezuela with #Military Intervention, escalating U.S. response to the crisis now going on in the country, a move Caracas described as "craziness".

"We have many options for Venezuela and by the way, I'm not going to rule out a military option", Trump volunteered, adding that "a military operation and military option is certainly something that we could pursue". Energy sector sanctions, which could cripple Venezuela's already ailing economy, are still being considered, U.S. officials said.

Venezuela has been under constant attack from the Trump administration after the recent election of a National Constitutional Assembly charged with updating the country's constitution.

Arreaza called on "good-minded" Venezuelans to put aside their political differences and unite in rejecting Trump's comments.

Maduro and his loyalists have long claimed that the United States is planning to invade the Socialist state.

Trump has explained that he takes these meetings in the name of diplomacy, arguing that it is best to at least have a dialogue open even with those who may be your opposition.

Vice President Mike Pence kicks off a four-nation tour of Latin America on Sunday with a stop in Colombia, whose government - the staunchest USA ally in South America - was quick to distance itself from Trump's remarks even while reiterating its concerns about a breakdown of democracy in Venezuela.

"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.

Venezuela's government is continuing to crack down on opponents with an order to arrest a fifth opposition mayor who has been promoting protests against President Nicolas Maduro. On Friday morning, Trump said "military solutions are now in place" should "North Korea act unwisely".

Mr. Trump made the comments in a tweet early Friday from a working vacation at his golf course in New Jersey.

Following the meeting Arreaza is expected to deliver a government statement responding to Trump's remarks, which have been panned by government allies as a dramatic escalation of the country's political conflict.

The Venezuelan opposition accuses Mr Maduro of trying to cling on to power, but he says the new assembly will bring peace to the country.