Donald Trump Maintains the Military Option in the Case of Venezuela. “It’s a regime (Maduro’s) that frankly, could be defeated very quickly if the military decides to do that,” Trump told reporters during his first meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque.
President Donald Trump said today that a military coup against Nicolás Maduro’s regime in Venezuela could triumph “quickly” if the Venezuelan Armed Forces decided to organize it, and confirmed that he maintains the military option on the table before the crisis in that country.
“It’s a regime (Maduro’s) that frankly, could be defeated very quickly if the military decides to do that,” Trump told reporters during his first meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque.
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"Maduro puede ser derrocado fácilmente". TRUMP también se burla de los militares de Maduro. . Logramos entrar a la reunión entre @realdonaldtrump y @ivanduquemarquez @evtvmiami único medio venezolano en el lugar. Y volvimos a insistirle al Presidente de los Estados Unidos sobre las acciones que piensa llevar adelante en contra del dictador venezolano, Nicolás Maduro. . TRADUCCIÓN: Presidente, no queremos hablar de nuevo sobre la acción militar pero ¿Cuán peligroso es el régimen de Maduro para la seguridad nacional de los Estados Unidos y qué piensa hacer para detenerlo?. . Trump: En verdad él es peligroso para su propia gente. Y es un régimen que podría ser derrocado fácilmente si las fuerzas armadas de ese país decidieran hacerlo. Ustedes vieron como las fuerzas armadas de Venezuela se dispersaron inmediatamente al oír que una bomba detonó sobre sus cabezas. Los militares estaban buscando protección para si mismos, corriendo para protegerse, y eso no es bueno. Yo no creo los infantes de marina correrían así, ¿Verdad, General Kelly?. . General Kelly (Jefe de gabinete de la Casa Blanca): No, los marines no habrían corrido. . Trump: Los marines hubieran corrido hacia la bomba. . ¡Seguimos buscando respuestas, Venezuela!. . Gracias a mi amada escuela @miamienglishspot por ayudarme a prepararme para un momento así. Todavía me falta mucho, pero sin ustedes no hubiera vencido el miedo.
Earlier, during his speech to the UN General Assembly, the president called for international collaboration to help Venezuela restore its democracy. He also reaffirmed his country’s commitment to a “future of peace and stability” in the Middle East and considered that his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital does not harm the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis.
“This process will not be harmed by admitting obvious facts,” Trump said, referring to the recognition of Jerusalem.
On the other hand, he announced that he will limit his contribution to the UN peace missions to 25% and warned that he will review the foreign aid that his country grants to other nations.
“From now on, we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us, and frankly, to those who are our friends (…) I have told the negotiators that the US will not pay more than 25% of the operations budget for peace, “said Trump.
The US currently finances 28% of United Nations peacekeeping missions, which have a total amount of 7.9 billion dollars.
Trump asked for international help to “restore democracy in Venezuela”, wherein his opinion a “repressive regime” guided by “socialism” has declared the nation bankrupt and has submerged his people in poverty.
“We are asking for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela,” Trump said today in his speech to the UN General Assembly.
The president made the call after the announcement of new sanctions against the environment of the ruling Nicolás Maduro, which reach among others his wife, the first lady Cilia Flores.
“Every country in the world must resist socialism and the misery it brings,” proclaimed Trump on the speakers’ platform, from where he blamed Maduro and the “Cuban sponsors” -in reference to the Havana regime- for the departure of more than two million people in the Latin American country, which is going through a serious humanitarian crisis.
The sanctions announced shortly before in Washington by the Treasury Department total a total of six people, among them also the Venezuelan Defense Minister, Vladimir Padrino López.
Its inclusion in the list of the Office of Control of Foreign Assets (OFAC) assumes that all assets that may have in the United States are frozen and that all Americans are prohibited from doing business with them. It is also forbidden to enter the country.
The woman of the Venezuelan leader, as well as the first lady, is a member of the Constituent Assembly, the parliamentary body promoted by the president that emptied the National Assembly of power, controlled by the opposition since 2015.
Asked by journalists about Venezuela shortly before his speech, Trump said the situation in Venezuela is a “human tragedy” that the United States wants to fix.
Trump has made Venezuela the central theme of his Latin American policy. A year ago he said he did not rule out a military action in the Latin American country.
Since his arrival at the White House in January 2017, the United States has sanctioned more than 50 officials and people from Maduro’s political environment, including the president himself. Diosdado Cabello, number two, was sanctioned in May.
The rest of those sanctioned today along with Maduro’s wife and her defense minister are Delcy Rodríguez, vice president of the country; Communication Minister and former Vice President, Jorge Rodríguez, as well as José Omar Paredes and Edgar Sarriá.
There are also three entities included in the sanctions list of the Treasury Department.
“The United States will continue to use the full weight of its economic and diplomatic power to help create the conditions to restore democracy for the Venezuelan people,” the State Department said.
“Today’s action shows that the United States will continue taking concrete and decisive actions against those who are involved in the destruction of democracy in Venezuela, as well as those who are enriching themselves at the expense of the Venezuelan people,” said the spokesperson. from the State Department, Heather Nauert, in a statement.
In addition to the sanctions against individuals, the Trump government has imposed three rounds of financial sanctions against Venezuela, although it has not reached the oil embargo, a measure that nevertheless remains on the table.
A group of Senate Democrats and Republicans on Monday night introduced a bill in the Senate that aims to expand humanitarian aid to Venezuelans and increase economic, political and diplomatic pressure on the Maduro regime.
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