Venezuela's Maduro says ready for talks with Trump


"In remarks to reporters at his New Jersey golf club Friday, Trump said he wouldn't rule out a "possible military option" in Venezuela".

Venezuela's defence minister Vladimir Padrino told state television on Friday that Mr Trump's threat was an act of craziness, an act of supreme extremism.

US President Donald Trump has threatened a military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation in Washington's response to the country's political crisis. "President Trump will speak with pleasure to the Venezuelan leader as soon as democracy is restored in that country", a statement said. "Venezuela is not very far away".

Delcy Rodríguez, rejected threats of the United States to attack Venezuela militarily and reasserted the support of Venezuelan people to President Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro said he had also given orders, "if it can happen", for a face-to-face meeting to be organised with Trump when heads of state and government from around the world gather in NY on September 20.

Earlier this years, a former Venezuelan military official told Reuters that anti-aircraft missiles had been installed along the country's coast, in preparation for the expected U.S. invasion.

In the face of criticism, President Donald Trump has often taken meetings and attempted to build relationships with the leaders of foreign nations that some would consider "unfriendly" - namely President Xi Jinping of China and President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation. "Venezuela is not very far away", he said.

President Trump says he is "not going to rule out" military action against Venezuela following President Nicolas Maduro's moves to consolidate power in recent weeks.

Even for a confirmed Trumpian, the president's statement yesterday that "A military operation and military option is certainly something that we could pursue" in Venezuela is perplexing.

When asked about military options following Trump's comments Friday, a USA official told ABC News that "the State Department still has the lead".

Caracas also expelled Peru's top envoy on Friday, hours after Lima announced it was giving Venezuelan Ambassador Diego Molero five days to leave Peru.

The U.S. government, which backs the opposition coalition, condemned the election for the ANC, claiming it "undermines the Venezuelan people's right to self-determination".

The installation of this plenipotentiary body also generated the reaction of 17 countries of the Americas, which on Tuesday issued a strong condemnation in Lima of the crisis in Venezuela and said they will ignore the actions emanating from the Constituent Assembly.