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Trump Administration Says 'All Options Are on the Table' in Attempt to Remove Maduro From Power in Venezuela
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Thursday, 24 January 2019 09:23

Excerpt: "President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that all options are on the table for Venezuela after he recognized the country's opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president and called President Nicolas Maduro's government 'illegitimate.'"

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó declares himself interim president as thousands of people protest against Nicolás Maduro on January 23, 2019. (photo: Edilzon Gamez/Getty)
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó declares himself interim president as thousands of people protest against Nicolás Maduro on January 23, 2019. (photo: Edilzon Gamez/Getty)


Trump Administration Says 'All Options Are on the Table' in Attempt to Remove Maduro From Power in Venezuela

By Reuters

24 January 19

 

resident Donald Trump said on Wednesday that all options are on the table for Venezuela after he recognized the country’s opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president and called President Nicolas Maduro’s government “illegitimate.”

“We’re not considering anything, but all options are on the table,” he told reporters at the White House when asked if he was considering sending the U.S. military into Venezuela.

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+4 # apotem 2019-01-24 11:02
Another military intervention would be a good cover-up for recent Trump's troubles ;)
 
 
+6 # Citizen Mike 2019-01-24 11:41
What, we are interfering in the internal affairs of another country again? Didn't we learn from Iran that this is how we create implacable enemies? Let the Venezuelans decide how they with to be governed, it is none of our legitimate business what others choose.
 
 
+2 # tedrey 2019-01-24 14:59
What strives to remain above water of basic international law since the founding of the United Nations includes nations refraining from unprovoked war and noninterference in the internal affairs of other nations. With all his obvious faults, Maduro has always held to these limits. America has never even pretended to accept them.
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-24 17:06
Part of what got Trump elected was his opposition to "regime change" boondoggles that were started by Bush and Obama. He wanted out of the on-going ones in Libya, Syria, and elsewhere. And so sort of promises he would not start any of his own. Now we have a broken campaign promise. His recognition of Guaido as interim president is clearly a regime change.

The Venezuelan people and government will fight this. Maduro is popular. Guaido will be arrested soon as a traitor -- working with the US CIA to overthrown the legitimate government of Venezuela. What will Trump do when his newly proclaimed "legitimate" president is in jail facing trial.

Many people believe that Chavez was murdered by the US. Now this.

Both Russia and China have said there will be consequences for the US action. It may be that both of them actually come to the defense of Venezuela. Then Trump will have to decide if he wants to risk a proxy war. I'm sure his advisors like Bolton, Pence, and others would just love a war against Russia and China. There are democratic leaders who also are supporting this regime change. But the American people will hate it. The next president in 2020 will be the one who is most strongly against this regime change.
 
 
+2 # lfeuille 2019-01-24 21:48
The US should only be concerned with regime change at home. As soon as possible before he screws over the world any more.
 
 
+1 # DongiC 2019-01-25 04:36
And, if there is Civil War in Venezuela, our CIA will need more money to finance the Conservative side and, no doubt, will need to sell more drugs in America. Read Gary Webb's book, "Dark Alliance" which details the activities of the CIA in helping the Nicaraguan contras in their battle against the Sandinistas. Especially, in helping these contras sell drugs in the US. Walls do not stop this kind of drug sales.
 
 
+1 # jimallyn 2019-01-25 20:11
Wait! But that would be a war crime of aggression, wouldn't it? Yes, it would.

“To initiate a war of aggression ... is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.” - International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, Germany – 1946