Monday, 4 February 2019 17:43 WIB |
President Donald Trump said in comments broadcast Sunday that U.S. military intervention in Venezuela is "an option."
Trump declined, in an interview with CBS News, to give any specifics of what might prompt him to order U.S. forces into the South American country as the U.S. and other countries ramp up pressure to oust President Nicolas Maduro and support opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president.
Trump said that "a number of months ago," he turned down Maduro's request to meet with him. The United States and other countries have recognized Guaido as the acting Venezuelan president.
"I decided at the time, "no" because so many really horrible things have been happening in Venezuela when you look at that country," Trump said of possible talks with Maduro.
"That was the wealthiest country of all in that part of the world which is a very important part of the world," Trump said in the interview that was taped Friday. "And now you look at the poverty and you look at the anguish and you look at the crime and you look at all of the things happening.
Trump's comments came as the late Sunday deadline approached for an ultimatum from several European countries for Maduro's government to call new presidential elections.
Source : VOA