In a wide-ranging press conference given on Friday, President Trump said that military intervention in Venezuela is possible.
When a reporter asked “what options are on the table” in terms of the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, Trump stated that there are “many options” but that he “wouldn’t rule out a military option.”
“This is our neighbor,” he elaborated, “We are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away. And the people are suffering, and they’re dying. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.”
The reporter followed up by asking if the military operation would be led by the U.S., to which he responded “We don’t talk about it” but reiterated that a military operation could be something he “could pursue.”
Later on when asked if he supported regime change in Venezuela as well as North Korea, he said he didn’t want to comment because “they are very different places.”
He added, “I support peace, I support safety, and I support having to get very tough if we have to protect the American people but also to protect our allies.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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