Trump reportedly asked aides about invading Venezuela past year
05 July, 2018, 11:41 | Author: Carlos George
The president particularly discussed this issue with the then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the then national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, both of whom, allegedly expressed skepticism over the idea by saying such a move could alienate the USA allies in the Latin America.
The White House declined comment, the AP reported, but a spokesman for the National Security Council said the United States will consider all options to restore Venezuela's democracy.
Despite his aides' warnings, Trump reportedly continued to talk of a "military option" to remove Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's president. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the discussions.
But Trump pushed back.
He also reportedly praised the USA invasions of Grenada and Panama in the 1980s, and viewed both military operations as a success.
Sources told the AP that Trump's aides told him an invasion was a awful idea but that Trump persisted and even floated the idea with nearby countries. But not forgotten by President Trump. The public remarks were initially dismissed in USA policy circles as the sort of martial bluster people have come to expect from the reality TV star turned commander in chief.
But shortly afterwards, he raised the issue with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, according to the USA official.
However President Trump did not appear to heed their advice, after he raised the issue of a possible military intervention with the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
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Eventually, Mr McMaster pulled the president aside and walked him through the dangers of an invasion, the official said. But critics say it also underscores how his "America First" foreign policy at times borders on being reckless.
Maduro said Trump's question to his advisers came after Venezuelan opposition figures visited the White House. However, a National Security Council spokesman told AP that the USA still considers all options at its disposal to help "restore Venezuela's democracy".
Donald Trump asked senior aides about the possibility of invading Venezuela, according to an official. The US has also distributed more than $30 million to help Venezuela's neighbors absorb an influx of more than 1 million migrants who have fled the country. The public talk of this didn't last long, and it has been all but forgotten. "No, it is not a coincidence", Maduro said.
REUTERS/Carlos JassoNicolas Maduro at a rally in Caracas in May 2018.
The US administration announced they had refused a call from the Maduro government following President Trump's attacks.
Washington might indeed have not entirely given up on an idea of an intervention, or at least a military coup in Venezuela.
But Trump's obsession with invading Venezuela didn't end there. The US leader even repeatedly raised this issue with his top aides and Latin American leaders.
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