Latin America rejects Trump's Venezuela invasion threat

Latin America rejects Trump's Venezuela invasion threat

Pence is set to meet with Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos on Sunday at the start of a weeklong trip to Latin America that is likely to be dominated by conversations about the deepening crisis in Venezuela, where the US accuses President Nicolas Maduro of a power grab that has sparked deadly protests and condemnation across the region.

US President Donald Trump on Friday threatened that he would not rule out a "military option" in Venezuela.

Mora stressed that the saying, "threats are often ineffective, and idle threats always are", applies in this case, because "unless the Maduro government took more drastic action against USA interests, President Trump would have an impossible task in rallying support on Capitol Hill or among the American public for any substantial military move in Venezuela", and the global community would be even less cooperative.

The United States and Venezuela have not exchanged ambassadors since 2010. He is set to visit Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Panama.

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

"We want to express gratitude for all the expressions of solidarity and rejection of the use of force from governments around the world, including Latin America", she said in a short speech.

"I have no idea why we would use military force in Venezuela".

"The president never takes options off the table in any of these situations and what we owe him are options", he said. Peru, one of Mr Maduro's fiercest critics, led the charge in criticising Mr Trump's threat.

The Trump administration has slapped sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after a July 30 vote that allowed the President to replace the opposition-held National Assembly with a new 545-member Constituent Assembly filled with his supporters.

Mexico and Colombia joined in with statements of their own. More than 120 people have died in anti-government protests since April.

Moscow has substantial leverage in the negotiations: Cash from Russian Federation and Rosneft has been crucial in helping the financially strapped government of Mr Maduro avoid a sovereign debt default or a political coup.

Russia's growing control over Venezuelan crude gives it a stronger foothold in energy markets across the Americas.

Venezuela gives Rosneft most of that oil as payment for billions of dollars in cash loans that Mr Maduro's government has already spent.