Trump Says He's Considering Military Response to Venezuela

President Trump Says He Won't 'Rule Out' Military Option In Venezuela

He criticized the "imperialist" US Government for perceived actions against his regime, and vowed that Venezuela will "never cede to foreign powers".

The assault highlighted the growing volatility in the oil-rich but economically-ailing country after four months of sustained anti-government protests and unrest in which more than 120 people have been killed.

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.

On Thursday, Maduro declared that Venezuela's new Constituent Assembly holds supreme power over all branches of government, even over his position, and that its work - ostensibly to rewrite the constitution - would return "peace" to the country.

President Donald Trump warned Friday that USA military resources were in place, "locked and loaded", should North Korea "act unwisely", as foreign leaders called on Washington and Pyongyang to end a cycle of rhetorical threats raising the specter of nuclear war. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying.

"To all Venezuelans, the message is to continue in this struggle", said a bearded Mr Muchacho, clad in a white T-shirt emblazoned with the Venezuelan flag and appearing before a plain white backdrop.

Maduro said he is ready to receive a commission sent by CARICOM to facilitate dialogue with the opposition, as recently agreed by the Caribbean integration body at a summit in Grenada.

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Maduro and other top Venezuelan officials were sanctioned by the Trump administration in July after Maduro installed a constituent assembly composed of the loyalists of his Socialist Party, and cracked down on and arrested many opposition figures, a move that drew condemnation from world leaders.

"Military force must be the last option, not the first".

Mr. Trump made the comments in a tweet early Friday from a working vacation at his golf course in New Jersey.

The attack dramatically ratcheted up tensions in Venezuela's long-running crisis, raising the prospect it could spill into some form of armed conflict.

Its foreign ministry said in a statement that it was giving the Peruvian diplomat who heads the country's embassy in Venezuela five days to leave. He has been accused of setting up a powerful constitutional assembly to push aside opposition.

The White House said Trump would only agree to speak with Maduro "as soon as democracy is restored in that country", after the Venezuelan leader requested a phone call with the American president.

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