President Donald Trump says he won’t rule out a military option to intervene in Venezuela; two days after, the President of Colombia tells him to
Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos said that Latin American nations favor “other measures” to bring change in Venezuela.
“Since friends have to tell them the truth, I’ve told Vice President Pence the possibility of military intervention shouldn’t even be considered,” Santos said.
“The Latin American continent, every country in Latin America, would not favor any form of military intervention and that is why we are saying we are intent on looking into other measures some of which are already underway and others to be implemented in the future,” Santos added.
“But a transition in the Venezuelan regime toward democracy must be a peaceful transition. It must be hopefully a democratic transition. And it must be done quickly.”
Pence added: “We have many options for Venezuela, but (President Trump) also remains confident that working with all of our allies across Latin America, we can achieve a peaceable solution.”
“In Venezuela, we’re seeing the tragedy of tyranny play out before our eyes,” Pence said.
“Venezuela is sliding into dictatorship, and as President Trump has said, the United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles.”
When asked about the possibility of military intervention, Trump said that it “certainly could pursue.”
“We have many options for Venezuela. And by the way, I am not going to rule out a military option,” Trump said. “We have many options for Venezuela.”
However, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino names Trump’s talk of a possible military action a “crazy act”.
“As Minister of Defense and as a citizen I say this is a crazy act, an act of supreme extremism,” Padrino said