President Trump reportedly asked about possibility of invading Venezuela

President Trump reportedly asked about possibility of invading Venezuela

Despite rejections of his idea by his top aides, Trump pushed back.

The idea, despite his aides' best attempts to shoot it down, would nonetheless persist in the president's head.

That bullish rhetoric could be used to bolster Maduro's standing at home.

President Trump asked top aides why the USA could not invade Venezuela to settle the country's political and economic turmoil, it emerged yesterday.

This account of the previously undisclosed conversation comes from a senior administration official familiar with what was said.

Quoting an unnamed senior administration official, the AP report said the suggestion stunned those present at the meeting, which included the then national security advisor, HR McMaster, and secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.

A Venezuelan opposition activist is backdropped by a burning barricade during a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, on April 24, 2017.

Shortly after the Bedminister remarks, he raised the issue with the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, and then brought it up again at that year's United Nations general assembly in September, at a private dinner with allied Latin American states.

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The AP said the White House declined to comment.

He then went around the table to ask the leaders whether they were certain they didn't want the United States to invade Venezuela, to which each leader said clearly that they were, the AP reported. Reuters reinforces this grim vision for the socialist nation-state - as of February this year, the average Venezuelan citizen has lost about 25 pounds in body weight and that over 90 percent of the population is now living in serious poverty. Colombian border cities have been providing healthcare to Venezuelan citizens. They explained that military action would likely alienate Latin American governments who were working together to punish and ostracize Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro.

Trump's top aides reportedly took turns explaining to him how invading the country could significantly damage US relations with Latin American countries, among other possible issues.

The US, Canada and the European Union have slapped sanctions on Maduro and dozens of Venezuela officials over allegations of corruption, drug trafficking and human rights abuses.

"You can not lower you guard for even a second, because we will defend the greatest right our homeland has had in all of its history", Mr Maduro said at a military ceremony, "which is to live in peace".

"If Venezuela were attacked, the rifles will arrive in New York, Mr. Trump", Guerra said.

Trump's bullish stance against Venezuela could actually bolster Maduro's standing at home, however, as Maduro's supporters have long lamented Washington's involvement in domestic affairs and used anti-US sentiment to unite against his opponents.

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