Donald Trump on Friday answered questions regarding the situation in Venezuela, remarking that a “military option” might be necessary.
Trump spoke after meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at his New Jersey golf club in Bedminster.
“We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary,” Trump said told reporters.
Trump did not answer whether American troops would lead that potential operation.
“We don’t talk about it. But a military operation, a military option, is certainly something we could pursue,” he responded.
The Trump administration has called Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro a “dictator” and issued sanctions against him and more than two dozen other former and current officials, accusing Maduro’s government of violating human rights and undermining the country’s democracy amid an escalating political and financial crisis.
Today, 82 percent of Venezuelan households live in poverty, 85 percent of medicine is nowhere to be found, and 87 percent of Venezuelans say they don’t have the money to buy enough food. 74 percent of Venezuelans have lost an average of 19 pounds in weight since last year.
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