Trump says he won't 'rule out a military option' in Venezuela

Trump says he won't 'rule out a military option' in Venezuela

"We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary", Trump said.

Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino condemned Trump's statements, calling them "crazy threats".

The venezuelan government has accused Saturday the american president Donald Trump want to put in danger the stability of Latin America with its "threat" reckless "military option" in the face of the crisis that has engulfed the country. It's our neighbor. We have troops all over the world, in places that are very far away. "By sanctioning Maduro, the United States makes clear our opposition to the politics of his regime and our support for the people of Venezuela who seek to return their country to a full and prosperous democracy", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in July, shortly after the election.

Maduro asked the Venezuelan Foreign Minister to contact the USA authorities to arrange a telephone conversation or a meeting with President Trump, informs France 24.

He, however, did not clarify if United States troops would lead a possible military effort in the South American country, saying: "We don't talk about it".

Trump has previously attacked Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for his power grabs, describing him as a "dictator".

The trip was already sure to be dominated by discussion of Venezuela, with Pence expected to call on the leaders to continue to pressure the Maduro government and encourage others in the region to do the same.

President Trump spoke about Venezuela after meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and national security adviser H.R. McMaster in Bedminster, N.J. on August 11.

The power struggle between the government and the opposition has led to months of violent confrontations that have left more than 100 people dead, including protesters, government supporters and security forces. Padrino is a close ally of President Nicolas Maduro.

Asked whether he was talking about a USA -led operation, Trump said: "We don't talk about it".

Facing a major economic downturn, the country has been embroiled in national unrest between Maduro, who is moving to rework the country's constitution to consolidate his power - and his opposition, which has been mounting protests against Maduro for almost a year.

The political crisis in Venezuela appears to grow more volatile. He further added "Venezuela is a mess".