Trump threatens 'military option' in Venezuela as crisis escalates

Fugitive mayor urges Venezuelans to continue resistance

"Venezuela is a mess", said Trump, in an appearance before reporters with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at his New Jersey golf club.

Latin American nations led by Peru are negotiating a written rebuke of U.S. President Donald Trump after he said the United States was considering a "military option" involving Venezuela, as the crisis-stricken country prepares its own response.

"We're all over the world, and we have troops all over the world, in places that are very, very far away", he continued. Venezuela is not far away and people are suffering and dying. Trump added that Washington is considering several options to intervene in Venezuela, one of them being military action should its need arise.

Threats of a military operation against Venezuela are an attempt by US President Donald Trump to drag Latin America into a conflict and destabilize the continent, said Jorge Arreaza, the Venezuelan foreign minister.

President Trump on August 10.

He formerly accused Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of being a "dictator", for holding national elections to select the members of a Constituent Assembly, with power to rewrite the national constitution.

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Pence is set to arrive in Colombia on Sunday and is expected to meet with each of the countries' leaders, deliver a major speech on U.S.

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

Diplomacy between the two got off to a shaky start, with the White House saying that, although Mr Maduro had requested a phone conversation with Mr Trump, the latter would gladly speak with him when democracy is restored. "The Pentagon has not received any orders with regards to Venezuela", Pahon said.

He went on to say that he thinks "lots of good things could happen" but "we could also have a bad solution".

Maduro and his government have faced growing opposition from the USA and major Latin American nations over the controversial legislative superbody, which sparked months of deadly protests across the country.

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.

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