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>> US President Donald Trump on Friday suggesting for the first time the US could find itself in an armed conflict in Venezuela.>> We have many options for Venezuela. And by the way, I'm not gonna rule out a military option. We have many options for Venezuela. This is our neighbor, this is, we're all over the world.
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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. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.>> Venezuela is in the fourth month of deepening crisis and civil unrest.
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And the US government has joined in a global outcry, describing socialist President Nicolas Maduro as a dictator. But the statement Friday could be a political gift to Venezuela's leader, who has for months characterized his political opponents in Caracas as Washington stooges. The new threat of armed American intervention in his country, could serve to rally Maduro's supporters around him and further elevate his profile on the world stage for standing firm.
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The Pentagon, on Friday, saying it had not received any orders regarding Venezuela from the White House. If Trumps comments were unplanned and unscripted that would make Venezuela the second nation Trump off handedly threatened to attack this week from his New Jersey golf course. On Friday morning he continued his war of words with North Korea tweeting that the US was quote locked and loaded for a fight.
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Later in the day saying he hoped for a diplomatic solution with Pyongyang but holding at the possibility of armed conflict.>> We will see what happens. We think that lots of good things could happen and we could also have a bad solution. But we think that lots of good things can happen.
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>> What would be a bad solution sir?>> I think you know the answer to that.