His comments at the United Nations come after reports the U.S. has devised several plans to unseat the government of Nicholas Maduro.
Following his speech at the United Nations General Debate on Tuesday, President Donald Trump was asked about his comments regarding Venezuela and the recent levying of new sanctions against members of President Nicholas Maduro’s government and family.
Saying the communist country’s leader must act “more humanely,” and that his people are “suffering tremendously,” President Trump said he is open to meeting with Maduro:
“Anytime I can save lives and help people—if it’s one life—I’m certainly willing to meet …
“I just want to see Venezuela straightened out. I want the people to be safe. We’re going to take care of Venezuela. Okay? We’re going to take care of Venezuela. What’s happening in Venezuela is a disgrace.
“If he’s here, if he wants to meet—I don’t know. It was not on my mind. It is not on my plate. But if I can help people, that’s what I’m here for.”
The president said that despite Maduro sending troops to Venezuela’s border with Colombia, the U.S. has assured its South American allies that it will back them “100 percent.” This would align closely with Defense Secretary James Mattis’ comments late last month after his tour of Latin America in which he said:
“I recently returned from South America, where I met with leaders in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. And I’m reminded that, despite the problems we admittedly face here in our hemisphere, we are fortunate to see increasingly an island of democratic stability and growing prosperity in an unstable world, from Ottawa to Santiago and Buenos Aires.
“There are exceptions, and we know them: Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua. Even Castro knows now that the Cuban model doesn’t work even for Cuba any more, or for anyone else, as Venezuela’s Maduro is finding out.
Today, however, the president said “all options are on the table” with respect to dealing with Venezuela:
“Every option — and you know what I mean by “strong.” Every option is on the table, with respect to Venezuela.
Those comments closely follow a report published by Axios that detailed a “roadmap” for military intervention in Venezuela. The document featured a draft of a “step-by-step program of escalation” that was reportedly followed by the administration following the president’s inauguration.
The document lays out a number of actions that could trigger a U.S. military response, but also details additional steps that have not yet been taken, including a full oil embargo of Venezuela. The Axios report notes, citing a former National Security Council official, that Maduro won’t leave on his own accord, leaving the following options:
• a military coup;
• a popular uprising; and
• foreign military intervention.
All signs seem to be pointing toward military invention of some sort in Venezuela, either by the U.S. unilaterally with support from neighboring countries, or by a coalition of Latin American countries led by the U.S. How soon may be answered with the upcoming confirmation of incoming U.S. Southern Command commander Vice Adm. Craig Faller, which is coming up in the coming days.
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