Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Trump's Talk of 'Military Option' in Venezuela May Bolster Maduro's Hand

Trump's Talk of 'Military Option' in Venezuela May Bolster Maduro's Hand Trump's Talk of 'Military Option' in Venezuela May Bolster Maduro's Hand
Sammy Stanley | 13 August, 2017, 11:04

But experts say individual sanctions, while providing strong symbolism, have had little or no impact on Maduro's policies and that broader oil-sector and financial sanctions - the toughest of possible measures - may be the only way to make the Venezuelan government feel economic pain.

After months of attacking Venezuela's unpopular President Nicolas Maduro, Latin America came out strongly against US threats of military action against the crisis-hit nation.

"Venezuela rejects in the most categorical and convincing manner the unfriendly and hostile statements by US President Donald Trump... in which he threatens a military invasion against our homeland", Arreaza told broadcaster Venezuelana de TelevisiĆ³n.

In an unlikely move, Venezuela's president said Thursday that he wants to meet with President Donald Trump in an attempt to strengthen his country's relationship with the U.S.

The remarks came shortly after Maduro forcefully warned the US president that Venezuela "will never give in". He is set to visit Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Panama.

The timing of Trump's remarks could not be worse, coming on the eve of a four-nation Latin America trip by Vice President Mike Pence meant to showcase how Washington and regional partners can work together to promote democracy in the hemisphere. Mexico and Colombia joined in with statements of their own.

Writing on Twitter, Morales stated that "we condemn the armed interventionist eagerness by the USA against Venezuela, a country which seeks peace in dialogue".

The threats of the White House occur after the Bolivarian Government did not heed the "warnings" of Washington against the elections for the National Constituent Assembly, where more than eight million Venezuelans cast their votes. Maduro's hand as he cracks down on dissent and blames Washington for his country's economic and domestic strife.

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Maduro seemed to be enjoying his twist of fate, retweeting messages from longtime critics, including former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who routinely calls Maduro a dictator and tyrant.

The new legislative superbody, which made waves last weekend by firing a dissident chief prosecutor, took new action on Saturday on the country's election timetable.

The National Electoral Council (CNE) was asked by the assembly to set the exact date for the governors' election.

Venezuela has also been roiled by shortages of food and medicine, intensifying the unrest.

Maduro has long accused Washington of having military designs on Venezuela and specifically its vast oil reserves, the world's largest.

It also contradicted high-level administration officials, including Trump's own national security adviser, who had warned that any perception of US intervention would stir decades' old resentments and play into Maduro's hands.

Venezuelan officials had earlier accused the USA of planning an invasion. "Military Options" in Latam and the Caribbean".

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