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Trump threatens Venezuela with ‘military option’ as country’s political crisis escalates

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US President Donald TrumpReuters

The US President Donald Trump last night threatened military intervention in Venezuela, in a surprise escalation of Washington’s response to Venezuela’s political crisis that Caracas disparaged as ‘craziness’.

Venezuela has appeared to slide toward a more volatile stage of unrest in recent days, with anti-government forces looting weapons from a military base after a new legislative body usurped the authority of the opposition-controlled congress.

‘The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary,’ Trump told reporters in an impromptu question and answer session.

The comments appeared to shock Caracas, with Venezuela’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino calling the threat ‘an act of craziness’.

The White House said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested a phone call with Trump on Friday, which the White House appeared to spurn, saying in a statement that Trump would gladly speak to

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