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Venezuela says Trump's threat of military intervention is 'craziness'

Venezuela says Trump's threat of military intervention is 'craziness' Venezuela says Trump's threat of military intervention is 'craziness'
Christy Curtis | 14 August, 2017, 00:12

The White House also claimed that it had declined Maduro's request to have a phone call with Trump, saying the U.S. leader "will gladly speak" with his Venezuelan counterpart "as soon as democracy is restored".

Trump did not specify what type of options he had in mind.

Meanwhile, the ringleader of an August 6 attack on a Venezuelan military base near the city of Valencia has been captured, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said in a tweet on Friday.

Rosalia Pulgar, a pensioner from Caracas, said that "we are prepared to resolve our own problems".

The Trump administration has been putting pressure on the country to curb the flow of drugs into the U.S, and Colombia has stepping up its forced eradication program and increased seizures of cocaine.

"We want to make sure that we don't have the unintended effect of doing more harm to United States refineries than the Maduro regime", Chet Thompson, CEO of a group representing 95 per cent of America's refining sector, told AP.

On Thursday, Maduro declared that Venezuela's new Constituent Assembly holds supreme power over all branches of government, even over his position, and that its work - ostensibly to rewrite the constitution - would return "peace" to the country.

Venezuelan President "Nicolas Maduro is a terrible human being, but Congress doesn't vote to spill Nebraskans' blood based on who the Executive lashes out at today", Sasse explained. Critics say the assembly is a bald maneuver by Maduro to cling to power as his popularity slumps under the weight of the country's economic crisis.

Peru on Friday ordered Venezuela's ambassador to leave, with Caracas reacting by ordering out Lima's envoy.

On Wednesday, a fifth opposition mayor in Venezuela was removed from his post and ordered under arrest in the continuing crackdown on Maduro's adversaries. It unanimously passed a resolution to move the country's December 10 governors' election up to October.

These two very different responses to the convening of the National Constituent assembly demonstrate the divisions and current rudderless nature of the opposition in Venezuela.

The National Electoral Council (CNE) was asked by the assembly to set the exact date for the governors' election.

The country is deep in a recession compounded by shortages of food and medicine, while anti-government protests have killed more than 120 people since April. "The United States is controlled by an extremist elite", the minister told the local VTV television channel.

Under former President Barack Obama, the State Department in 2015 made quiet diplomatic overtures that led to several high-level meetings. Leader of the UK's Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn found himself blasted in the global corporate-owned press for his refusal to denounce Maduro as a dictator and for a lukewarm comment about his opposition of all violence in Venezuela. There are a small number of US military personnel in Venezuela, primarily Marines guards at the Embassy. "Military Options" in Latam and the Caribbean".

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