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Trump Says He’s Considering Military Response to Venezuela

Only earlier on Friday, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro said that he wanted to meet with the U.S. president.

Amid a cloud of tear gas, an anti-government protester covers himself with a shield that reads in Spanish “Freedom,” from jet of water shot from water cannon, during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro attempted to march to the Supreme Court to protest its decision to gut the opposition-controlled congress of its powers _ a ruling that was quickly rescinded under a barrage of international criticism but that set off weeks of political unrest that have left some three dozens killed. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

 

President Donald Trump said on Friday that he’s considering possible military action against Venezuela in response to President Nicolas Maduro’s power grab.

Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course that he’s “not going to rule out” a military option.” He added that it’s “certainly something that we could pursue.”

Trump has been blasting Maduro’s moves to consolidate power, describing him as a “dictator.”

The Trump administration has issued a series of sanctions against Maduro and more than two dozen current and former Venezuelan officials.
But a military intervention would be an extraordinary escalation in response.

 

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