U.S. President Donald Trump said that the possibility of sending the U.S. military to Venezuela is one of the options that his administration is considering. About this Trump informed in an interview with CBS.
“Of course, this is one of the options,” he said.
At the same time, the president refused to answer the question, in which case he could send the U.S. military to Venezuela.
Also, Trump said that “a few months ago,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro wanted to meet with him, but at that moment Trump refused to meet because of unsuitable time.
Earlier Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro suggested that a civil war could begin as a result of the political crisis in Venezuela. He told about this in an interview with a Spanish television channel, reports DW.
"Everything depends on the degree of madness and aggressiveness of the northern empire and its western allies," Maduro said.
According to Maduro, official Caracas wants no one to interfere in the internal affairs of Venezuela.
"We are ready to defend our country" and "we will not surrender Venezuela," he added.
In May 2018, presidential elections were held in Venezuela. According to the Central Election Commission, 68% of voters voted for the current President Maduro. For his closest rival, the leader of the Progressive Vanguard party voted three times fewer people.
The opposition stated that numerous violations were reported during the voting, but on January 10, Maduro took the oath of the presidential office. Most of the countries of the West and Latin America did not recognize elections. Later, the National Assembly of Venezuela recognized Nicolas Maduro as a usurper.
At the same time, in addition to the political swings, there are plenty of other serious problems in Venezuela: in 2016, the country was covered by an energy crisis, in 2017 there was a default, in 2018 the inflation rate reached 82,766% on an annualized basis. Oil production has collapsed one and a half times, prices are growing at a frantic pace, and the national currency, the Bolivar continues to depreciate rapidly, there is a shortage of food. According to various estimates, 2-4 million people have already left Venezuela.
On January 23, 2019, opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president. He was supported by many countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.