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.”
Justifying the potential need for intervention to reporters on Friday, US President Donal Trump, said,
“Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering and they’re dying.”
Later that day the White House issued a statement saying that Mr Trump had refused to take a phone call from Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro.
“Today Nichols Madurao requested a phone call with President Donald J Trump. President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country,” said the White House in its statement.
Venezuela’s Defence Minister accused Mr Trump of “an act of madness” calling the US President’s comments about military options “an act of supreme extremism.”
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