Latin America rejects Trump threat against Venezuela

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Several Latin American nations have come out strongly against US President Donald Trump's threat of military intervention to solve the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela.

"I think Pence's problem is that he is going to come to Latin America and people are going to ask him, 'Are you speaking on behalf of President Trump, are you speaking on behalf of the USA government?"

"I've told Vice President Pence the possibility of military intervention shouldn't even be considered", Santos said in a joint press conference in Cartagena, Colombia.

Pence is beginning a week-long trip to South and Central America during which he plans to reinforce U.S. trade and security partnerships and increase pressure to restore democracy in Venezuela.

Opposition protests in the country - which have gone on for months - have been met with violence and the country is also struggling due to food and medical shortages.

President Trump's unpredictability and impulsivity has given fits to his supporters, who believe the president is often his own worst enemy when it comes to his midnight Tweets and his shoot-from-the-lips style.

"As Minister of Defense and as a citizen I say this is a insane act, an act of supreme extremism", CNN quoted Padrino as saying.

The Trump administration slapped sanctions on Venezuela after a July 30 vote that allowed Maduro to replace the opposition-dominated National Assembly with a new 545-member Constituent Assembly filled with his supporters.

But if any USA military contingency planning is under way, it must be in its early stages.

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Trump said the crisis in Venezuela was one of the topics discussed during talks Friday in New Jersey with his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

"We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary".

Maduro has long insisted that his country is dealing with foreign interference, backed by the United States, waging an "economic war" and seeking to undermine his government.

In Cuba, the threat was seen as a threat to peace in all of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Pence said he took issue with "the fact that many in the media are spending more time criticizing how the president addressed the issue yesterday". Rubio has Trump's ear on USA policy toward Venezuela. Trump endured a drumbeat of criticism throughout the weekend, from many Republicans as well as Democrats, among them Sens.

The coalition rejected "the use of force or threats of applying the same in Venezuela on the part of any country" but its statement did not directly mention Mr Trump's remarks.

Meanwhile, Pence has scheduled other stops in Argentina, Chile and Panama, giving speeches and meeting with leaders.

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