Regional Leaders Denounce Trump's Military Threat to Venezuela

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Regional Leaders Denounce Trump's Military Threat to Venezuela

Peru, Colombia and Mexico condemn President Donald Trump's comments of using "military option" against Caracas.

President Donald Trump said Friday he would not rule out a "military option" in response to Maduro's moves.

"It is not the first time that Trump has acted like this towards Venezuela, which has been besieged for a long time", said Cristobal Alva, a Venezuelan poet from Guatire in the northern state of Miranda.

"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", said Mr Arreaza, in a short speech on Saturday.

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 US 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 worldwide community would be even less cooperative.

"The repudiation of violence and any option involving the use of force is unavoidable and constitutes the fundamental basis of democratic coexistence, both internally and in global relations".

Nicolás Maduro Guerra, the son of the Venezuelan President, is threatening to seize the White House with rifles if President Donald Trump sends the U.S. military to his nation.

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Mexico and Colombia joined in with statements of their own.

Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya: The aggression of the US president against Nicolas Maduro exposes the violent character of the USA government against the people of Venezuela.

Colombia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it rejected the use of "military measures and the use of force" when dealing with Venezuela.

After four months of deadly protests against his government, Maduro says the assembly is Venezuela's only hope of obtaining peace by locking in the socialist policies of his mentor and predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez.

The rebuke from Washington's most loyal ally in the region came the day before Vice President Mike Pence will begin a Central and South American tour here. He was set to visit Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Panama.

Navia added: "I don't think any Latin American nation would support military invasion of Venezuela".

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