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    Trumps touts military action in Venezuela

    Aug 11 2017, 8:52 pm ET

    Trump Says ‘Military Option’ Possibility in Venezuela

    by Phil McCausland, Hallie Jackson and Courtney Kube

    President Donald Trump raised the possibility of "military option" in Venezuela over that country’s president’s power grab that has roiled the South American nation.

    "We have many options for Venezuela, and by the way, I'm not going to rule out a military option," Trump told reporters outside his club in Bedminster, New Jersey...

    Trump called Venezuela "our neighbor" and said, "We have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away — Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering, and they're dying. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary."

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ven...ezuela-n791991

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    Venezuela calls Trump's warning of possible military action a 'crazy act'
    Trump's warning of a military intervention


    By DAN MERICA , STEVE ALMASY AND MARIANO CASTILLO , CNN
    Posted: 10:41 PM, August 11, 2017
    Updated: 12:05 AM, August 12, 2017

    (CNN) - US President Donald Trump would not rule out the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela, he told reporters Friday.

    "We have many options for Venezuela. And by the way, I am not going to rule out a military option," Trump said following a meeting with US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at his New Jersey golf club.

    "This is our neighbor," he added. "You know, we are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary."...

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    Trump won’t rule out military response to Venezuela

    Jill Colvin and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press Published 10:00 p.m. ET Aug. 11, 2017

    Washington — President Donald Trump said Friday that he wouldn’t rule out military action against Venezuela in response to the country’s descent into political chaos following President Nicolas Maduro’s power grab.

    Speaking to reporters at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, Trump bemoaned the country’s growing humanitarian crisis and declared that all options remain on the table — including a potential military intervention.

    “We have many options for Venezuela and by the way, I’m not going to rule out a military option,” Trump volunteered, adding, “A military operation and military option is certainly something that we could pursue.” ...

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    Whatever his reason - deflecting from the intensifying Russia investigation, flexing his military muscle, maniacal quest for universal power and might, Trump seems to be getting off on wargasms. Let's hope and pray that cooler, wiser heads prevail.

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    Wargasms. Love the term.

    Did Venezuela ask for US help?

    Is the rest of the world going to decide the US is a threat and declare military action on the US?

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    *facepalm*

    Ever the statesman and diplomat is our 45.

    Just when I think we've hit bottom, we plummet another league......

    Please, God, make it stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by human View Post
    Wargasms. Love the term.

    Did Venezuela ask for US help?

    Is the rest of the world going to decide the US is a threat and declare military action on the US?
    The US could very well decide to send troops to Venezuela. It might be Trump's face-saving solution to the fact that he's impotent against North Korea, even if NK attacks Guam. No significant countries care if Trump wars with Venezuela. But if he declares war on NK, then he will be facing China and Russia, something that will make it seem like the rest of the world has declared military action on the US.

    Trump is a serious threat to world security.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musicaljoke View Post
    The US could very well decide to send troops to Venezuela. It might be Trump's face-saving solution to the fact that he's impotent against North Korea, even if NK attacks Guam. No significant countries care if Trump wars with Venezuela. But if he declares war on NK, then he will be facing China and Russia, something that will make it seem like the rest of the world has declared military action on the US.

    Trump is a serious threat to world security.
    Throughout his campaign, Trump continually told his audiences that he is a "great unifier", that he "brings people together". Nothing could be farther from the truth! Trump is the Instigator in Chief and proves it almost daily with his words and actions. He knows nothing about diplomacy and doesn't want to learn. Like a typical middle school playground bully, Trump wants to pick fights with anyone and everyone who gets in his way. I fear that 45 is going to drag us into a major conflagration "the likes of which the world has never seen".

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    Yeah, well Trump better watch out because the son of the president of Venezuela has threatened to "seize the White House with rifles".

    "Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary," Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club.

    President Maduro's son responded to Trump on Saturday, but appeared confused on the location of the White House.

    "If the unlikely event of defiling the homeland came to pass, the rifles would arrive in New York, " he told Venezuelan state media.

    "Mr. Trump, we would arrive and take the White House."


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysShocked View Post
    Yeah, well Trump better watch out because the son of the president of Venezuela has threatened to "seize the White House with rifles".

    "Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary," Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club.

    President Maduro's son responded to Trump on Saturday, but appeared confused on the location of the White House.

    "If the unlikely event of defiling the homeland came to pass, the rifles would arrive in New York, " he told Venezuelan state media.

    "Mr. Trump, we would arrive and take the White House."

    The Trump Tower. Duh!!! Who wants a dump of the White House????? Hello, 24 k gold!!!!!


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    Well since Cabello put out an assassination order on Rubio last month, Trump might not be too happy about it. Could be more the public isn't aware of IMO.

    Powerful Venezuelan lawmaker may have issued death order against Rubio

    The death threat was outlined in a memo to several law enforcement agencies disseminated last month by the Department of Homeland Security. The memo, designated “law enforcement sensitive” but not classified, was obtained by the Miami Herald.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tillicum View Post
    Well since Cabello put out an assassination order on Rubio last month, Trump might not be too happy about it. Could be more the public isn't aware of IMO.

    Powerful Venezuelan lawmaker may have issued death order against Rubio
    Imo, you undermine public opinion.

    Hopefully some country will lead the way and restore the democracy that Venezuela has enjoyed to date - but led by Trump? Oxymoron - by Trump standards. The US could participate imo, but leading? The US doesn't have the leadership for this kind of intervention at the moment.

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    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press...t-al-8252017-7
    The White House
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    For Immediate Release
    August 25, 2017


    Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, et al., 8/25/2017, #7

    PRESS BRIEFING
    BY PRESS SECRETARY SARAH SANDERS,
    TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN,
    NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER GENERAL H.R. MCMASTER
    AND HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISER TOM BOSSERTJames S. Brady Press Briefing Room
    1:55 P.M. EDT
    MS. SANDERS: Good afternoon, everybody. I hope you don't mind, I brought a few friends today. We've got a lot to get through so I’m going to keep it short on the front end, and then of course I’ll be back up to take your questions.
    First, I’d like to invite Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster up to discuss the new financial sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela that the President imposed today. They’ll each deliver brief opening remarks and take your questions on that topic.
    After that, Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert will be up to give an update and take your questions on preparations for Hurricane Harvey. The administration has been closely monitoring the situation, and we want to make sure the American people are fully briefed on this important news of the day.
    And finally, after all the three of them wrap up, I’ll be back up here to take a few of your questions on other topics.
    Thanks.
    GENERAL MCMASTER: Good afternoon, everybody. As you've seen, the President signed a new executive order that strongly punishes the Venezuelan regime. This order demonstrates more clearly than ever that the United States will not allow an illegitimate dictatorship to take hold in the Western Hemisphere at the expense of its people.
    Through the President’s strong action, the United States will target the means with which the Maduro dictatorship can accumulate debt to enrich its corrupt regime insiders and perpetuate its repressive behavior.
    Only six weeks ago, several million Venezuelans voted overwhelmingly against the Maduro regime’s plans to convene a constituent assembly that the people of Venezuela never requested. The United States and the regional community stood in solidarity with the Venezuelan people and demanded that their voices be heard.
    But Maduro chose to embrace dictatorship over his own people. As a result, a dozen of Venezuela’s neighbors gathered in Lima, Peru, and rejected Maduro’s actions.
    President Trump promised strong action if Maduro moved ahead and ignored his people’s will. With today’s announcement, the President is keeping his promise of strong action and continuing to show strong leadership.
    This executive order does not need to be permanent. The President has said that “a stable and peaceful Venezuela is in the best interest of the entire hemisphere.”
    We will continue to work with our friends and partners in the international community to support the Venezuelan people until their rights and democracy are fully restored.
    Now I’ll turn it over to Secretary Mnuchin to describe this executive order in greater detail.
    Mr. Secretary.
    SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Thank you. Today’s executive order demonstrates the U.S. government’s condemnation of tyranny and dictatorship in Venezuela. The Maduro regime has consistently shown hostility to the rule of law, democratic institutions, and the Venezuelan people.
    This has been a catastrophe for the country. Nicolas Maduro has financed his regime by hollowing out Venezuela through economic mismanagement, corruption, and the assumption of onerous debt.
    Let me be clear: Today’s action is focused on restricting the regime’s access to American debt and equity markets. Maduro may no longer take advantage of the American financial system to facilitate the wholesale looting of the Venezuelan economy at the expense of the Venezuelan people.
    These measures will also undermine Maduro’s ability to pay off political cronies and regime supporters, and increase pressure on the regime to abandon its disastrous path.
    Under the executive order, U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in specified dealings involving the government of Venezuela and its instrumentalities. This includes state-owned oil company PDVSA. These prohibitions extend to transactions or activities occurring in the United States and cover both debt and equity instruments.
    In an effort to minimize the undue harm to the American and Venezuelan people and global markets, we are issuing general licenses permitting transactions that would otherwise be prohibited under the executive order. These include a 30-day wind-down period, the financing for humanitarian goods to Venezuela, and certain dealings in specified debt instruments that trade on secondary markets, and certain dealings with U.S. entities owned or controlled by the government of Venezuela.
    Also, the executive order carves out short-term financing for most commercial trade, including the export and import of petroleum.
    This executive order builds on a number of actions taken by the U.S. government to prevent the flow of funds to Maduro’s regime. On my first day in office, I was here with you at this podium where the Treasury Department designated the Venezuelan vice president under the Kingpin Act. And this year alone, we have sanctioned 30 Venezuelan officials, including Maduro himself.
    We urge those within the regime, including those who have been sanctioned, to distance themselves from the violence and the dictatorship. President Trump made it clear the status quo is unacceptable. Today’s actions is the next step towards freedom for the Venezuelan people. We will continue working to achieve this goal with allies around the world who have widely condemned Venezuela’s dictatorship.
    And with that I’d be happy to take some questions.

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