World Bulletin / News Desk
President Donald Trump said late Friday there are many alternatives regarding Venezuela and he would not rule out a “military option".
Trump spoke at his golf course in New Jersey after meeting with his UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
"This is our neighbor, you know, we’re all over the world, and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very, far away and the people are suffering and they’re dying,” Trump said.
Trump did not say, however, whether the military option would be a U.S.-led coalition nor did he answer a question about whether he wanted regime change there or in North Korea.
Following an unofficial referendum in Venezuela last month in which voters cast ballots on a Constituent Assembly that has the power to rewrite the Constitution and dissolve institution, Trump, a day later called President Nicolas Maduro “a bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator’’ and threatened economic sanctions that were implemented shortly thereafter.
Venezuela has faced ongoing political and economic crises as low crude oil prices forced the government to cut back or eliminate its socialist programs.
The situation has fueled public anger and massive protests since April, that have left at least 120 people dead.
The opposition has run a vigorous campaign to remove Maduro from office with early elections.
In turn, Maduro has blamed the right-wing opposition, the U.S. and its regional allies for the country’s current condition.
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For his part, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told RTL radio that "the number of those who have been seriously injured may perhaps be even higher at around 17."
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The pickup truck, which had an improvised white wooden trailer constructed over the back, was transporting them in "overcrowded and unsanitary conditions," said a state police report seen by AFP.
At least 13 people were killed and more than 50 injured when a driver deliberately slammed his vehicle into crowds on Barcelona's most popular street -- Las Ramblas -- in what police qualified as a "terror attack."
The van attack that mowed down pedestrians on Barcelona's most famous street on Thursday killing at least 13 people was the latest fatal assault on a European city.