Trump ‘pressed aides about Venezuela invasion’

06 Juillet, 2018, 20:43 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Trump ‘pressed aides about Venezuela invasion’

President Donald Trump reportedly floated the idea of invading Venezuela to both senior administration officials and world leaders multiple times in the past year.

The US president first asked aides whether the US could just take over the country on August 10, 2017, at an Oval Office meeting to discuss US sanctions on the country, according to the Associated Press.

This account of the previously undisclosed conversation comes from a senior administration official familiar with what was said, who spoke anonymously due to the sensitive nature of the discussions.

Despite rejections of his idea by his top aides, Trump pushed back.

He also reportedly praised the United States invasions of Grenada and Panama in the 1980s, and viewed both military operations as a success.

In August previous year, President Trump raised fears of a nuclear war when he threatened North Korea with "fire and fury", at a time when the idea of him shaking hands with Kim Jong Un still sounded like a bad joke.

A day after the meeting, Trump told reporters he wasn't ruling out a military option in the country.

The public remarks were initially dismissed in USA policy circles as the sort of martial bluster people have come to expect from the reality TV star turned commander in chief. One of them was Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, while the identities of the other leaders are not known.

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A month later, during a dinner with other Latin American leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in NY, the reporting says that Trump - despite warnings not to do so - once more brought up the subject. "My staff told me not to say this", Trump said, before going around the table asking Latin American leaders if they were all sure that the USA shouldn't invade.

He then went around asking each leader if they were sure they did not want a military solution, according to the official, who added that each leader told Mr Trump in clear terms they were sure.

Eventually, Gen. McMaster was able to persuade Mr Trump of how unsafe an invasion would be.

He is reported to have then raised the idea with several Latin American leaders following the meeting. But a National Security Council spokesman reiterated that the U.S. will consider all options at its disposal to help restore Venezuela's democracy and bring stability. This has not been the first time we heard POTUS ranting about taking military action against another country.

"Mind your own business and solve your own problems, Mr. Trump!" roared Nicolas Maduro Guerra, who is the son of the Venezuelan leader, speaking before the handpicked constituent assembly.

Even some of the staunchest USA allies were begrudgingly forced to side with Maduro in condemning Trump's saber rattling.

Leaving aside the obvious logistical difficulties of invading a country with roughly the same population levels as, for example, Iraq, Trump's rhetoric plays straight into Maduro's hands: The Venezuelan leader has consistently claimed that the protests which Venezuela has seen in wake of his sham election victory in May are part of a us -backed plot to oust him and seize Venezuela's oil. "The concern is that it raised expectations among Venezuelans, many of whom are waiting for an external actor to save them".

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